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Re: RE[2]: no pxboard

From: Tim Mann
Subject: Re: RE[2]: no pxboard
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2021 13:05:01 -0800

pxboard does seem pretty outdated. It never had wide usefulness. It looks like something I wrote back in the Usenet era when people would sometimes post games or lists of games in netnews articles, and sometimes I wanted to pipe a copy of the article into "xboard -ncp -lgf -" and return to rn. Obviously since it's only a 2-line script, anyone with some shell scripting knowledge could code up the same thing if needed. So I would be good with removing it and its documentation.

Along the same lines, should we remove cmail? I wouldn't be surprised if no one has used it for years.

On Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 7:33 AM <h.g.muller@hccnet.nl> wrote:
pxboard is a shell script that, according to the comments in it, can be used to let XBoard display a game through a command

cat GAMEFILE | pxboard

I thought this was totally obsolete. For one, the smae can be achieved by simply typing the shorter


But perhaps the intended use is when the game isn't supplied by a simple cat command on a file, but by some other method. Like output of a mailing program.

But nowadays almost no one would use mailing programs from the command line. If they get sent games by e-mail (does anyone still do that???) he would probably copy-paste those from his e-mail client (or from a webmail or other www page) into an xboard instance he started separately. If games are in a PGN file, he could double-click that file to launch XBoard with that file as argument, as the PGN mime type gets associated with XBoard on install.

I don't know what was the original idea for installing pxboard. Should it be moved to $bindir and be given executable mode, so that 'pxboard' would work as a command on the command-line? If so, "make install" should do that, but no longer does.

Conclusion: either the Makefile should be adapted to do that, or all references to pxboard should be removed from the man pages.

Op ma., nov. 8, 2021 om 01:43, Tim Mann <tim@tim-mann.org> schreef:
Ubuntu probably chose not to package pxboard. You can get it here:

On Sun, Nov 7, 2021 at 4:39 PM Richard Trahan <doctortrahan@gmail.com> wrote:
The man page for xboard describes piping with the pxboard script.

pxboard is not on my system. I am running Ubuntu 18.04.

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