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Re: lynx-dev Re: lynx timeline

From: Bela Lubkin
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Re: lynx timeline
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2003 13:36:15 -0700

Henry Nelson wrote (replying to my text):

> > Actually, I'd like to be able to do that even if the reload completed
> > entirely successfully.  I'd like to be able to compare the old and new
> > versions, see what the owner changed.
> > 
> > These ideas imply some extensions to Lynx's internal knowledge about a
> > document.  It should know whether the document is complete or partial.
> I know that most people on the list have no love for a cacheing proxy,
> but I guess what I don't understand is _why_ it's so unfavorable.  Is it
> that there is no proxy out there that is configurable the way you want?
> Is it that the a majority of users now run Lynx on Windows, and it's too
> hard to set up a proxy on a PC?  There was the argument that installing
> a cacheing proxy would bloat the system, but I don't see this either.  I
> don't see a standalone cacheing proxy (that not only Lynx, but any other
> browser on the system can use) adding significant weight to the system
> beyond what the same functionality within Lynx would do.

My issue is that I want Lynx to be able to stand alone.  I don't object
to its being _able_ to benefit from tools like a local proxy, but I also
don't want it to _depend_ on it for what is (to me) necessary

I use Lynx as a support tool; that means being able to slam it onto a
system I'm trying to help, or use the existing installation, without
having to fiddle around with things like installing a proxy.  When I ssh
to my mom's system across the Internet, trying to help her with some
sort of performance problem or whatever, the _last_ thing I want to do
is perturb the environment by adding complex caching daemons!  Dropping
in a reasonably current Lynx binary is perturbation enough.


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