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Re: A vote for BOTH userdefs.h and lynx.cfg [was Re: LYNX-DEV help: fina
Re: A vote for BOTH userdefs.h and lynx.cfg [was Re: LYNX-DEV help: finally!]
Mon, 9 Mar 1998 09:09:42 -0500 (EST)
980309 Nelson Henry Eric wrote (TD commented too):
> I feel a wind saying do away with userdefs.h
> I put in a strong vote to NOT do away with the POSSIBILITY
> of making all defines in userdefs.h .
> Personally (that's the point, everyone has their own way of doing things),
> I make all changes necessary that I can possibly make in userdefs.h .
> I do this not to harangue my users; quite the opposite, it is to give
> a working default to them until they have had time to learn Lynx.
> If you have 100 users who all have to define every one of these,
> it seems very inefficient to me.
again again: Henry's "personally" is quite understandable
as a representative of those installing Lynx for a user community,
BUT there's also quite a few others -- eg me -- who install Lynx
for their own (personal) use & hence have a different point of view.
the installation process & documentation should reflect that distinction,
but due to history has tended to take the sysadmin's viewpoint as basic.
my natural way of doing things -- which may change as i learn more --
is to compile in the minimum, leaving plenty of room for change in lynx.cfg ,
which is my very own version for me alone. to accommodate both viewpoints
it seems simplest to have only security items in userdefs.h
-- they're only for sysadmins -- , putting some basic choices in switches
for configure -- eg the path to lynx.cfg : these should NOT default
to the sysadmins' version /usr/lib or whatever -- & leaving the rest
to be decided in lynx.cfg . Henry's 100 users can be best served
by having a central version of lynx.cfg (determined by Henry),
with some advice to them that they can override it thro' -cfg at run-time.
clearly, the introduction of configure & (dare i say it?) the absence
of long-time gurus Fote & Klaus -- now in the Lynx Hall of Fame --
gives us an opportunity to clean up the way in which Lynx is presented
& the way in which the documentation is organised.
but that's something to discuss around 2-8-1 or 2-9
(when Fote & hopefully Klaus may be back to take part).
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