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Re: Auto-update program cache feature

From: Eduardo A . Bustamante López
Subject: Re: Auto-update program cache feature
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2018 18:33:28 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

On Wed, Oct 03, 2018 at 04:45:44PM -0400, Jeffrey Walton wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I noticed a fair number of new Linux users have trouble with stale
> program caches. Users install a package from a package manager or
> sources and then are confused when the new package is not used. They
> do not realize they need to run 'bash -r'; and most don't know where
> to begin searching.

You mean `hash -r' ?

> (...)
> so monitoring of common commands seems like a sensible way to
> implement the feature.

> A single terminal can monitor for a regex that looks for 'make
> install' and perhaps other common  installation commands. Multiple
> terminals seems like a trickier case, and could use a scheme where the
> source terminal broadcasts an 'update cache' message to other open
> terminals.

A shell is not a terminal. A terminal is a hardware (or emulated) device that
provides input/output capabilities. Nowadays most terminals are emulated
(gnome-terminal, xterm, urxvt, ...), but there are still physical terminals in
use. It seems quite complicated to have all terminal emulators and physical
terminals introduce this functionality.

And even if you manage to do that... how would that work? Terminals are only
aware of the input typed by the user, and the output provided by the programs
that run attached to that terminal device... that excludes a bunch of cases

* Storing the command in a variable and then executing from the contents of that

* Running a script that installs said binaries in a silent way


Now, let's pretend you intention was to say that this logic should run in the
/SHELL/, not the terminal. A shell only knows about the input provided by the
user (through the terminal), for that specific process. So we still run into
similar problems:

* Binary is installed through a generic script

Also, consider that bash runs in a multitude of platforms, each using their own
package manager... it'd be a massive effort to gather all the possibilities into
a table of patterns that you test user input against... and even if you do it,
there are new platforms being introduced all the time, which means you'll have
to update the table all the time to capture the new cases... that seems like a
lot of work.

If you don't care about performance, why don't you just run `hash -r' through
PROMPT_COMMAND? That seems simple enough?

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