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Re: lynx-dev about lynx.cfg

From: Philip Webb
Subject: Re: lynx-dev about lynx.cfg
Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 00:43:58 -0400 (EDT)

980527 Foteos Macrides wrote:
> In case you might include configuration-file paths in general-user screens,
> note in anonymous or otherwise captive accounts displays
> of local file-system paths heretofore have not been considered a good idea.
> If the user has shell access, then Lynx can be invoked with -trace
> to get that information.  Otherwise, TRACE mode can be invoked
> only via ^T and only diagnostic info for subsequent actions,
> not the setup info with explicit local file system paths established
> by the sysadmin or Lynx installer, will be available to the general users.
there's a long section in  userdefs.h , very clearly marked as important
for sysadmins installing Lynx for anonymous use, which allows them to deny
all kinds of actions to such users.  if the path to  lynx.cfg  is added
to the Current Link page, it can hardly be difficult to suppress it
for such users.  Trace Mode is quite clearly not the place for it.

this kind of careless thinking remains irritating:
it treats people who install Lynx for their own use as 2nd-class citizens
compared with sysadmins running sites with anonymous users,
who are probably a minority among current Lynx installers.
all the varieties of Lynx user should be catered for equally if possible.
> Oh well, time to butt out again. :)
on this point, yes.

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