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Re: Wanted: testers for heavily revised grog(1)

From: Ingo Schwarze
Subject: Re: Wanted: testers for heavily revised grog(1)
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 12:53:06 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.12.2 (2019-09-21)

Hi Branden,

you have a considerable number of fair points here, including that
an analysis tool is not precisely the same as a wrapper, that the
groff project was not free to make most choices about the user
interface in an arbitrary manner, that inherent complexity is
not the same as gratuitious complexity, and that there is some
value in refactoring and polishing code as long as it is shipped -
even when some people dislike its presence in the first place,
and in particular when the current code quality is dubious.

Also, even if we were free to completely redesign the roff user
interface, preserving the ingenuity of the UNIX concept of pipelines
and its adequate use by the programs constituting roff while avoiding
gratuitious UI complexity at the same time would not be a trivial
design task, even if some improvements might probably be possible,
but that's admittedly a largely theoretical question.

Anyway, given that grog(1) is there to stay, hopefully *someone*
besides Branden will test it...  :-/


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