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Re: lynx-dev Re: lynx2.8.4dev.2.patch.gz

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Re: lynx2.8.4dev.2.patch.gz
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000 13:52:08 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 27 Jun 2000, Henry Nelson wrote:

> > > become immediately aware of their "brokenness."  It's not just the
> > > library and include files that are important.  If you wish to argue that
> > > those are all you are concerned with, then I repeat my question: what
> > > makes libintl so different from libz, or libncurses for that matter, that
> > > it has to be bundled in?
> > 
> > repeating myself: 
> But not answering the question: why is libintl so special.

Possible answers:
 Because it allows NLS on platforms without installing gettext separately,
 even where having a pr-existing gettext installation would be highly
 unusable (if at all possible), for example DOS.

 Because the gettext authors have made it convenient to do this.  They
 provide a 'gettextize' command which turns a source package without
 gettext into a source package with bundled gettext.  There is no such
 thing for libz or ncurses.  We use it because it's there, without
 really knowing why.

> > the current version either).  If you wish, you can certainly install gettext
> > and link against that.
> That (or use the libintl/gettext tools pre-installed on your system) has
> been my recommendation from the beginning.

Henry doesn't just want to be able to do that, as an alternative that
works more or less with some problems.  He wants this to be the
primary and recommended method on platforms that do already have a
gettext library.

I tend to agree with him.

OTOH, Henry, I am not sure whether you have clearly reported what the
problems with doing it your way on solaris are.  That could be just
me because I haven't payed enough attention and don't do anything on
solaris.  But one of your messages seemed to say just "it's broken,
and if you had ever tried it you should know it" (see snipped quote
at top); that's not very productive (whether it's true or not).


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