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Re: [bug-gnulib] Re: standards.texi language cleanup (was: Cygwin && WIN

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: [bug-gnulib] Re: standards.texi language cleanup (was: Cygwin && WIN32)
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 21:36:14 +0200
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Karl Berry wrote:
>             * doc/standards.texi (System Portability): Spell out `free BSD
>             variants', instead of using the term `*BSD'.
> Before I bother rms with this, can you please explain to me the
> objection to "*BSD"?  I'd never heard that before.  NetBSD and OpenBSD
> don't like being lumped together?

I think the "*" wildcard is usually neutral, but sometimes also used to
abbreviate a word that one wouldn't like to pronounce. E.g. p*rl ...


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