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Re: gnu parallel in the bash manual

From: Linda Walsh
Subject: Re: gnu parallel in the bash manual
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:36:37 -0800
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Chet Ramey wrote:
> On 2/25/13 8:07 PM, Linda Walsh wrote:
>> Chet Ramey wrote:
>>> On 2/16/13 3:50 AM, Pierre Gaston wrote:
>>>> I don't quite see the point of having gnu parallel discussed in the
>>>> bash reference manual.
>>> I was asked to add that in May, 2010 by Ole Tange and Richard Stallman.
>> ----
>> Maybe now that it was done, it can be removed?
> I'm pretty sure that wasn't the intent of the original request.  Let's
> see if we can clean it up instead.
        I'm sure, but you edited out the rest of my reasoning.
Note -- I don't feel strongly about this, one way or the other,
but at the same time, I don't feel their request, nor your response
are the best ones to take from an engineering or product perspective --
in part -- directly because of the confusion about whether or not parallel
is bundled w/bash or not.

Using it in an example would be fine... but make a section out it?  That's
a fairly strong implication for it being something that's part of bash's
official release or product.

I realize this matter is more political than technical, but still, I would
try to ask those questions of the original requestors and see if they might
not revisit their requests...?  you could even say -- a user asked if
including parallel in it's own section in the manpage meant that parallel was
going to be part of the bash distribution?

I mean it wouldn't surprise me or seem unreasonable if it was included in
the bash distribution (from a lay-person perspective).  Knowing it's a
perl-script, I'd be a bit surprised, personally, but hey, I've been wondering
if you are going to embed the perl interpreter in bash as a dynamically
loadable .so and allow perl-expressions on the command line as an option...

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