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Re: pspp development

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: pspp development
Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2004 18:56:26 -0800
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John Darrington <address@hidden> writes:

> I agree too.  But first I'd recommend reading the paper 
> which
> points out a serious problem which could arise if not considered.

Yes, I've read that paper before.

> Fortunately, the recent versions of automake address this, but
> it means that a different mindset is needed when writing the

I assume you mean the "alternative approach to subdirectories"
described in the Automake manual.  Yes, this is what I'd want to
use, by preference.
>      (If there's some reason to introduce "plug-ins" into a program,
>      then that's another reason to use shared libraries.)
> I'm of the opinion that the reason SPSS does this is so they can
> charge $$$ per plugin.

Well, there's that reason to use plug-ins.  Another reason to use
plug-ins is to make it possible for third parties to
independently develop components.  I see no evidence that anyone
wants to do that for PSPP, at least not right now, and at any
rate we don't (yet) have a stable enough API to make it feasible.
Ben Pfaff 
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