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Re: [Axiom-developer] RE: gcl-2.6.8pre on MAC OSX 10.2

From: root
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] RE: gcl-2.6.8pre on MAC OSX 10.2
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006 11:10:18 -0500

> | > | The MAC server on which this was compiled did not have an X-windows
> | > | environment so it was not possible to compile and test Axiom Graphics
> | > | and the Hyperdoc browser. Also native MAC OSX10 apparently does not
> | > | have support for the pts virtual terminal interface so it is not
> | > | possible yet to compile clef (the replacement for readline).
> | > 
> | > I never quite understood why readline needs to be replaced.  Do you know?
> | 
> | clef knows more than readline. given an input file it can do smart
> | command line completion of things like domain names.
> In what sense that "more knowledge" is unattainable with readline.
> I dislike all those duplicated things in Axiom.  They are nothing but
> source of confusion.

At the time clef, hyperdoc, graphics, etc were written we were using
X10 (not the house wireless, the pre-X11 windows) on 6MHz PCs. These
ideas were invented within the group to solve problems, not because
we wanted our own copies.

At the time the internet did not have google. Heck, it didn't even
have gopher, the browser didn't exist, and graphics amounted to the
original "screensaver" ideas of Dave Chess. Linux wasn't around until
later (and fit on 3 diskettes, collecting mold in my basement).

If readline can do completions perhaps we should feed it the
symbols in compress.daase.


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