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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Call for opinion. Breaking out cmd-* from libarch

From: Tom Lord
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Call for opinion. Breaking out cmd-* from libarch
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 17:11:01 -0700 (PDT)

    > From: address@hidden (James Blackwell)

    > I was in a *really* snitty mood after making about 200
    > changes in about 120 files. 


If that kind of thing is stressing a person out (for the kinds of
change we're talking about) odds are that person needs more practice
with either emacs or some mixture of tools like sed and ed.  The
second best editor I ever used was a multi-buffer, programmable
version of /bin/ed that resembled, as much as anything, those version
of teco which lack the "scope" command.

Perhaps one could substitute a modern version of vi for /bin/ed.

I'm told (haven't checked) that, at great expense (by multiple
metrics) and handling some languages better than others, Eclipse has
some features for this kind of thing as well.

It also helps to not feel the need to hurry.

There's always a clever, easy, way to do this kind of thing although
sometimes it requires patience (e.g., repeat the following easy 5
steps, 200 times).

    > btw, does p-f handle subdirs of subdirs? 

See, for example, src/hackerlab/tests

p-f does start to "fall apart" a bit if the directory structure gets
too complicated and, regardless, limitations of the time and in the
tools used to construct p-f mean that information about directory
structure is spread out a bit too much between too many files,
sometimes with dreaded redundancies.


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