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Re: [PATCH, RFC] etags/ctags v22.0.92 break Linux kernel `make TAGS/tags

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [PATCH, RFC] etags/ctags v22.0.92 break Linux kernel `make TAGS/tags`
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 20:45:35 -0500

    Now I am asking: is there really any reason why Ctags should not create
    duplicate entries?  Why not creating duplicate entries by default?  The
    only drawback would be that the old Vi would jump to an unpredictable
    one, but the current behaviour is not much better, because only the
    first duplicate tag is created, the others are not included in the tags

That seems plausible.  And why care about the old (non-free) vi anyway?

    Olaf Dabrunz cites this proposed standard, used by at least Exhuberant
    ctags and Vim: <http://ctags.sourceforge.net/FORMAT>, where the issue is
    better explained.

I cannot access that page.  If this is relevant, would you please
explain how?

    In summary, I have three proposals for a change to Ctags, preferred first:

    1. Duplicate entries are created, no warnings issued
    2. Duplicate entries are created, warnings issued as they are now
    3. An option is provided to create duplicate entries

I see no harm in #1 if that is what people would generally prefer.

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