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Re: gnu hello bug report

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: gnu hello bug report
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 22:48:49 GMT

Hi Nicolas,

    -- expected behaviour:
    zapp ~ # hello -n -g moin
    | moin |

I understand why you would expect this, but it's behaving as
documented.  From the "Invoking" node of the manual:

       Output `Hello, world!', but possibly including box-drawing...

Note, it is specifically outputting the fixed string "Hello, world!",
and does not say "output the string specified by other options with
box-drawing characters".

    obviously the command-line parser implemented in hello only honors
    the last option.

Indeed.  As intended and documented:

  If more than one of the greeting options (`-g', `-n', `-t', and
  their long-named equivalents) is specified, whichever comes last takes

    to a quick fix, or, if that is not possible, at least some kind of a

That would imply dynamically translating (or rather "box-ifying") an
arbitrary string.  That's not going to happen.  The special strings for
-n are created by human translators and included in the program at build
time, not created on the fly by software.

     For some reason, the ebuild "app-misc/hello" is masked in the
     gentoo packaging system. maybe this hints to some bug or
     incompatibility in general.
I know nothing about Gentoo's practices.


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