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Re: lynx-dev problems building lynx 2.8.1dev.2

From: dickey
Subject: Re: lynx-dev problems building lynx 2.8.1dev.2
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 21:59:27 -0500 (EST)

> Tom, I just want to say that I REALLY appreciate all you have contributed 
> to Lynx .   People can only get a glimmer of all the pain that's involved 
> in trying to coordinate a software project - let alone the several that 
> you handle. 
> Thank you so much for all of your help. 
> I am sorry if my bug reports are not satisfactory at times.  Sometimes 
> the reports are tough to generate - other times, I just flat out blow 
> it.  Hopefully _some_ are relatively useful. 

no problem (you don't see the bugs that keep me busy - reproducing and
analyzing some take quite a while).  so I'm well aware that some things
that I've gotten used to (like the different versions of 'patch') are
stumbling blocks.  and others (perhaps your display problem with ncurses)
may be a bug that I've simply not encountered the right conditions to
reproduce it for myself.

for example, I noticed a bug in xterm a couple of weeks ago, while demo'ing
it (under some circumstances there's a cursor dropping).  it seemed
intermittent, but I could reproduce it - only on the first time through a
particular program.  but I was working on a change to xterm, and found a
way to reproduce it reliably (by simply changing the way I ran my testing
;-).  once I saw _that_, I traced back and found the bug's been there for
at least two years.  no one reported it, and I didn't see it myself until
two weeks ago.  (Now all I have to do is to fix it...)

Thomas E. Dickey

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