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Re: Future of ice-9/slib.scm.

From: Rob Browning
Subject: Re: Future of ice-9/slib.scm.
Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2005 12:42:59 -0800
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Rob Browning <address@hidden> writes:

> I suppose that leaves just the vicinity related definitions in
> question.

As far as I can tell, the vicinity related definitions aren't exported
or documented, so I think we can just drop those too.

For those still following this discussion, I'm planning to put the
following code into guile-1.6 in Debian unstable as the contents of
ice-9/slib.scm, and presuming no one has any improvements or
objections, I'll also commit it to 1.6 CVS a bit later.

With this arrangement, users who find they really need the old slib
behavior in 1.6, will be able to set *guile-use-old-ice-9-slib* to #t.
This define will not be included in in 1.8.

(if (and (defined? '*guile-use-old-ice-9-slib*) *guile-use-old-ice-9-slib*)
    (load-from-path "ice-9/slib-old.scm")
      ;; The goal here is to eventually *only* rely on guile.init and
      ;; communicate any needed fixes upstream, but for now, we still
      ;; need to do a bit of the work here.
      ;; At some point, we will probably just want to require a "new
      ;; enough" version of slib (perhaps with Guile 1.8).  In that
      ;; case, we'll probably just load guile.init, and then test the
      ;; version.

      ;; These can be removed if/when we require a "new enough"
      ;; version of SLIB.
      (define-module (ice-9 slib))
      (provide 'hash)

      (load-from-path "slib/guile.init")

      ;; This can be removed if/when we require a "new enough" version of SLIB.
      (if (not (defined? 'browse-url))
          ;; Nothing special to do for this, so straight from
          ;; Template.scm.  Maybe "sensible-browser" for a debian
          ;; system would be worth trying too (and would be good on a
          ;; tty).
          (define-public (browse-url url)
            (define (try cmd end) (zero? (system (string-append cmd url end))))
            (or (try "netscape-remote -remote 'openURL(" ")'")
                (try "netscape -remote 'openURL(" ")'")
                (try "netscape '" "'&")
                (try "netscape '" "'"))))))

Rob Browning
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