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Re: [PATCH] Remove special requirement to disable startup message.

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Remove special requirement to disable startup message.
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:48:33 -0500

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Your argument is based on a goal, uniformity, that is merely
desirable -- not important.

It is good to make things parallel, when there is no reason to do
otherwise.  We think about uniformity so that we don't careelessly
make things non-parallel.

But that's never important enough to change something
which is the way it is for a real reason.

  > > So that sysadmins will think twice before disabling the message for
  > > their users.

  > Are there sites that disable the message?

I found out about one; that's why I added that code.
As to how many there are, I don't know.  It is not worth the trouble
to find out.  That code works, and it causes no trouble to anyone
_except_ a sysadmin who wants to disable that message for other people.

I'm explaining the reasons for this code so people will
understand.  We're not going to change the code.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (gnu.org, fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (internethalloffame.org)
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