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lynx-dev Happy New Year [again]
lynx-dev Happy New Year [again]
Tue, 2 Jan 2001 20:53:24 -0700
In "Re: lynx-dev 2.8.4dev.15"
[28/Dec/2000 Thu 19:33:44]
Henry Nelson wrote:
[stuff about po files, snipped]
> > it's the only way that was suggested to make them maintainable.
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> What does "the only way" mean, putting in the complete *.po file? What,
> when and whose suggestion are you referring to? I thought "maintainable"
> only meant compilable to you.
> > I already did that (the stubs in the tar file are from some trash on
> "Stubs?" There isn't a single _stub file_ in there!
> Happy New Year. (Looking more and more like the last for Lynx.)
Ouch. You know, even if you're right, and Lynx development grinds
to a permanent halt, people who like it [me, for example] will
still use Lynx until the Web changes so completely that it can
no longer read the content, or until it can no longer run on
machines/systems of the day. Even then, some of us might keep
old computers sitting around to house our favourite relics.
But I doubt that. It's already proved its usefulness for "web-ready"
cell phones and other handheld devices that can't do graphics.
And it's tremendously useful to *people* who can't do graphics.
Now, most of the bug fixes and tweaks I've seen lately are kind
of small and rather arcane. Worthy causes all of them, but nothing
earth-shattering, you know what I mean? If these are the worst
problems. . . NO PROBLEM. If it's been too difficult to make
broader changes and improvements, because the source is getting
too tangled [over 400 source files? I didn't know that], why
not hold off on repairs for a while and focus on cleaning up?
support might be easier to do.
I've read some things about Rube Goldberg devices in the source
[mentioned and fixed by Gil from StorageTek], and something earlier
about how "spagetti programming helps no one" in open-source programs,
because chunks of code can't be reused in other projects. Well,
these things happen as a project grows: one contribution/addition/patch
is piled on top of another until you have a fantastically complex
structure built by no one. A cathedral designed by a schizophrenic.
I'm not criticising; it's really hard to avoid that. In simplifying
and cleaning the source, your complaint about the "over 30 minutes"
download should also be eased a bit.
Hell, it might also be fun. Who knows what you might find in
And God said:
"lines one to aleph, delete."
And the Universe ceased to exist.
Then She paused for an aeon, and sighed:
And then it had never existed.
--Arthur C. Clark
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