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Re: 10-fyi-m4-backend.patch

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: 10-fyi-m4-backend.patch
Date: 05 Feb 2002 13:10:55 +0100
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| On Tue, 2002-02-05 at 11:05, Akim Demaille wrote:
| > Index: ChangeLog
| > from  Akim Demaille  <address@hidden>
| >     Give a try to M4 as a back end.
| >     
| >     * lib/readpipe.c: New, from wdiff.
| This immediately kills any and all DOS/DJGPP support, as there are no
| pipes or forks on those platforms.  If it is possible to do the same
| using popen()/pclose(), that _would_ work on those platforms.


Well, well, well.  I'd like some input from Paul here.  Paul, is tried
to avoid popen/pclose for performance issues, when running m4.  Would
you say, that's a pointless optimization and just use popen, or,
should readpipe fallback to popen/pclose when pipe/fork are not

| >     * data/m4sugar/m4sugar.m4, data/m4sugar/version.m4: New,
| >     shamelessly stolen from CVS Autoconf.
| Oh dear - I hope its maintainer doesn't mind...  I heard he was a really
| difficult person to work with :-P

Nah.  He's an as*le, granted, but I have a trick: I have him
manipulated by his girlfriend.  Niarf niarf niarf :)

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