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lynx-dev Re: Lynx Troubles

From: pg
Subject: lynx-dev Re: Lynx Troubles
Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 20:42:04 -0600 (MDT)

In a recent note, Al Gilman said:

> Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 22:17:27 -0400 (EDT)
> to follow up on what address@hidden said:
> > I am having trouble with Lynx 2.8 at my ISP.
> > It seems to insist on displaying 1 too many lines on my screen
> > causing everthing to scroll up a line with each new screen tht
> > displays.  Lynx 2.5 at Delphi does not have this same problem
> > with my exact same system, software, and settings.  I have
> > perused the lynx.cfg file and found nothing that could stop
> > this from happening.  I don't even why this does *not* happen
> > with Delphi's copy of Lynx, so troubleshooting is difficult.
> Maybe somebody on <address@hidden> will have a suggestion on
> how to diagnose this.
On some systems, I've experienced this misbehavior for a reason
as trivial as an adverse setting of the environment variables
LINES and COLUMNS.  Experiment.

> > Also, I find it odd that lynx.cfg has most of its settings
> > commented just like the rest of the text it includes.  This
> > basically makes it a file of comments, right?  At least until
> > I come along later and remove the # characters which precede
> > the particular settings I wish to customize, eh?
> Yes. Basic defaults are compiled in, so that lynx.cfg provides
> "management by exception."
He hints at an area for possible improvement.  Perhaps the
commented-out settings should have a prefix distinct from
the expository text for clarity.  Maybe "#(disabled)" or
"#==>".  OTOH, perhaps there shouldn't be the temptation
to enable everything with a single sed command.  :-)

-- gil

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