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Re: A few warnings on lout-3.24

From: Jeff Kingston
Subject: Re: A few warnings on lout-3.24
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 09:23:55 +1000

This is in response to mail received from Raúl Núñez de Arenas Coronado.

I feel rather differently about these issues than you do.

The installation does not create $(BINDIR) because it is much better if
that directory already exists.  If a new directory was created it would
have to be added to the execution path of all shells.

If $(DOCDIR)/*/* doesn't expand to anything then something is wrong
with the way your system is working.  It is a very standard thing to do,
more so than using find, I think.

Concerning reinstalling the documentation - you are supposed to uninstall
any previous version before installing the new version.  If you follow
the steps in the makefile faithfully, you will come to a point where it
asks you to run "make uninstall", at which point the old documentation
will be removed.

The compiler warnings represent inadequacies in the compiler rather
than in Lout, so the right way forward there is to fix the compiler,
not Lout.  It is not reasonable to change Lout just because its source
code is more accessible or considered by users to be more mutable (because
its maintainer is more accessible) than the source code of the compiler;
problems should be fixed in the software in which they occur, not worked
around in other software.

Jeff Kingston

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