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Re: [PATCH] fix new format when printing multiple lines

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fix new format when printing multiple lines
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:43:45 +0000

On 23 December 2013 22:32, Karl Berry <address@hidden> wrote:

> I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.  I gave up maintainership of
> hello, so do what you will.

Since hello is supposed to be an example within the GNU project, I'd rather
not simply impose my views; and I think this is a subject worth discussing.
To me, the use of i18n'ed text is absolutely basic, as otherwise, users of
most languages are excluded. GNU gettext is basic infrastructure, and it
seems reasonable that at some point in even a basic program that uses
internationalised text, it would have to do other than simply reproduce
that text. There are plenty of other "specific programming features", such
as command-line parsing, that are of necessity showcased in GNU hello,
precisely because such features are required by almost all programs. If the
goal of hello were simply to showcase *build* infrastructure, then it could
be much simpler, and really ought to do nothing other than literally say
"hello" (still i18n'ed, of course!).


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