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Re: RCS files with extension can no longer be read

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: Re: RCS files with extension can no longer be read
Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 14:18:05 -0400
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() Vincent Lefevre <vincent@vinc17.net>
() Mon, 5 Jun 2017 11:19:13 +0200

   On 2017-06-04 05:57:44 +0200, Thien-Thi Nguyen wrote:
   > As you might know, the RCS 5.8 (2011-08-30) NEWS mentions:
   >  - RCS file top-level grammar frozen.

   Thanks for the details. When I searched for the meaning of the error
   message, I just found: https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?35149 where it
   it is said that the grammar was frozen, but with no details.

   > I suppose the middle way would be to add back support for
   > "newphrases", in read-only mode (not passthrough).  However, i
   > am loathe to do that and would rather improve the documentation
   > (by writing it, first, and iterating, subsequently) on how to
   > batch-convert ,v files to embed their extra metainfo in the
   > ‘integrity’ field.

   I think that such documentation may indeed be a better solution.

   Moreover, the error message should be more informative, allowing the
   user to easily find the cause of the problem and how to avoid it.

Documentation is the bane/solution of all software problems, it
seems.  :-D

Thien-Thi Nguyen

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