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Re: sccs2rcs to perl

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: sccs2rcs to perl
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 17:05:46 -0500 (EST)

Michael Sterrett -Mr. Bones.- writes:
>     I see a problem with the CVS code as distributed.  That is, it has
>     a single csh script which is both slow and makes the CVS code-base
>     depend on an additional unix "utility" when it doesn't have to.
>     I believe I addressed both of these problems with my re-write of the
>     script in perl.  I've announced it on the info-cvs list (a couple
>     of times now) and I'd like to make it available via FTP in the CVS
>     distribution if I could just get some cooperation from you, Derek or
>     one of the other silent CVS developers.

Anybody with sccs, CVS, make, and perl almost certainly already has csh,
too.  The fact that the existing script is slow is irrelevant -- you
generally convert your files just once, who cares whether it takes one
hour or two?  Perl scripts of any complexity are notorious for only
running right on the exact version of perl they were written on and, so
far as I can tell, your script has not been tested by anyone other than
you.  And given the stunning lack of interest shown here, it seems that
no one really cares.  So, while I'm sure you think it's wonderful and it
sounds like it was a big benefit to you, I don't any value to adding it
to the CVS distribution.

-Larry Jones

I always send Grandma a thank-you note right away.  ...Ever since she
sent me that empty box with the sarcastic note saying she was just
checking to see if the Postal Service was still working. -- Calvin

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