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[Lynx-dev] lynx.cfg setting preservation notification

From: Stef Caunter
Subject: [Lynx-dev] lynx.cfg setting preservation notification
Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 22:04:13 -0400 (EDT)

lynx appends "saved settings" to /usr/local/lib/lynx.cfg, which is usually 
good. I think this saving behaviour has been true for about a year or so; I 
haven't done an install since 2.8.5rel1 so I assume this is default behaviour; 
forgive the following if that is not so.

I was toggling (I thought) FORCE_SSL_COOKIES_SECURE in its default location in 
lynx.cfg to get ebay (yes it works rather well with lynx) to remember who I am 
after an SSL sign on. I did not realize that I had saved settings down *at the 
end of the file* untoggling my new setting until:

a. the toggle seemed to not work and

b. I looked for any and all instances of FORCE_SSL in the file
   and found the saved lines appended.

When such a preservation of a setting is done can some indication near the 
default location for the setting be inserted into lynx.cfg such as:

# the setting for SOME_SETTING was preserved from a lynx.cfg dated "date"

When you go months between looking at your cfg, but you upgrade more often, it 
might help to keep settings straight.

It might be an idea to locate the saved setting by the default location with a 
note about it, such as

# this is a setting from a lynx.cfg from "date"

Looking at, I could submit a change if it was thought useful. 
(Presume shell is preferred for such an edit). If it's not thought useful, I'll 
just use perl for my own hack. Am I right that perl is avoided by the lynx 
There seems to be just the one script in scripts, and it doesn't 
run in the install.


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