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Re: 13-m4-undivert-culprit.patch

From: Gary V. Vaughan
Subject: Re: 13-m4-undivert-culprit.patch
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 19:15:02 +0100
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On Fri, Aug 31, 2001 at 04:13:45PM +0200, Akim Demaille wrote:
> >>>>> "Gary" == Gary V Vaughan <address@hidden> writes:
> >> And the 1-ary -> n-ary as a simple for-loop extension is the most
> >> attractive of these, IMHO, extremely useless extensions.  Beware of
> >> the dark side.
> Gary> It took me a while to absorb this.  But, having dwelt on it for
> Gary> a while, I agree with you.
> BTW, any reason that if we have undivert(FILE) we don't have
> divert(FILE)?  (Not that I find that this overload of undivert was
> intelligent BTW, I would much prefer another set of macro for
> undivert(UNEXPANDED BY ACCIDENT) will complain MACRO does not exist,
> while divert(UNEXPANDED BY ACCIDENT) will just populate with junk
> files instead of complain `not a number').
> There is already so little type checking, corrupting this even more
> would be bad.
> I'm in favor of deprecating this `````feature''''''.  divert/undivert
> take numbers, period.

Since we are on a simplification trip, I'm inclined to agree.
Presumably autoconf doesn't (ab)use this feature, and vendor m4's
don't support it.  If so, lets clean this up too!

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