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Re: remove 'exit'?

From: Simon Josefsson
Subject: Re: remove 'exit'?
Date: Sun, 01 May 2011 21:47:06 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110016 (No Gnus v0.16) Emacs/23.2 (gnu/linux)

Bruno Haible <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi Simon,
>> It is easy to miss the message -- gnulib-tool's output is quite verbose.
>> Would it help if the user had to press enter to continue?  That could be
>> a problem for automated builds, but someone is bound to notice the
>> problem eventually in that case though.
> 'gettextize' requires the user to press Enter to acknowledge the output. And
> it has annoyed a lot of people. Some distros patch out this part of 
> gettextize.
> In summary, people don't like that.

I tend to agree somewhat.  A 'sleep 60' is likely to trigger the same
annoyance, right?

> Should we introduce an official status 'deprecated' for gnulib modules that
> are meant to go away soon (and make gnulib-tool highlight these modules
> in a particular way)?
> Should we just play more with boldface output?

I'm not sure it will matter, the output scrolls past too quickly.  I
noticed my instance just because I tracked down another problem.

How about just removing the module?  If something breaks, the maintainer
can track it down, and will notice that the module disappeared, and fix
the package.  If nothing breaks, it is normally just a portability
problem that will be noticed eventually when someone builds the package.
The only real danger is if nothing breaks and the resulting code is
insecure as a result.  I think that is a rather rare occurance.


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