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Re: Document srand

From: Eric S. Raymond
Subject: Re: Document srand
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 23:16:01 -0400
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Werner LEMBERG <address@hidden>:
> > Yes, that's right -- I want to revive pic as a composition tool for
> > Web graphics!  I could distribute this standalone but I'd prefer to
> > see it become a utility in the groff suite (full docs are already
> > written).  Does that sound interesting?
> It does!  Any beta version available?

Actually the 1.1 version is available.  I couldn't get eqn integration
to work, and that was kind of a checklist feature that I was after for
completeness rather than because I actually needed it.

Script and man page follow as enclosures.

This was a fun hack.  Done in one continuous-burn all-nighter, basically.
I'm really fond of PIC -- can you tell? :-)

The only uncertainty in my mind is this: with a few changes, I could rename
this pic2graph and give the user the ability to select the output format.
Right now the back end of the pipeline in pnmtopng, but it would be easy
to make it pnmto${format} and allow format to be set from the command line,
defaulting to png.

There are enough converters in the PNM toolkit that this simple hack would 
cover every popular format.  Think it's worth doing?
                <a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

The two pillars of `political correctness' are, 
  a) willful ignorance, and
  b) a steadfast refusal to face the truth
        -- George MacDonald Fraser

Attachment: pic2png
Description: Text document

Attachment: pic2png.man
Description: Unix manual page

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