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Re: SLAYER announcement and help request for preparing a GNU package

From: Panicz Maciej Godek
Subject: Re: SLAYER announcement and help request for preparing a GNU package
Date: Wed, 8 May 2013 00:50:32 +0200

2013/5/6 Thien-Thi Nguyen <address@hidden>
() Panicz Maciej Godek <address@hidden>
() Mon, 6 May 2013 21:36:33 +0200

   Thanks :) I see that there are a few persons with similar ideas, and
   I wonder how powerful we'd become if we managed to orchestrate our
   powers somehow, as TTN suggested

Orchestration is a nice concept.  It is the marshalling of separate
efforts in a parallel direction (towards the audience), moderated
individually, but w/ group awareness, by precise changes in timing and
pitch.  Cool.

For this, i strongly urge everyone who wants to jam[0] to provide
documentation.  That is the minimal requirement, the tuning of your
instrument so that it does not burn the ears of others seated beside
you.  So what if you don't have (the autotools) rhythm?  That can (and
must!) be cyclically attained.  To start, you gotta have the right Hz.

"But ttn, documentation is a pain to create and maintain!"

Well, yes.  For creation, i offer as riposte Guile-BAUX[1],

This looks truly awesome!
However, I'm only getting acquainted with autotools, and there are many secrets to me. I see that both guile-sdl and guile-figl copy the scm modules to $(prefix)/share/guile/site...,
but apparently they both do that in a different way (which means there's no standard way), and none of them allows to 'fine tune' that directory with an optarg to ./configure

And the whole thing makes me wonder about the status of guile documentation. The guide is really great (although sometimes it remains silent about certain features that can be found in header files), but I've observed that doc-strings for built-in functions are no longer available, even though they are specified.

And besides, how do the aforementioned modules (those are, as I reckon, tsar and c-tsar) refer to guile-snarf-docs that is shipped with guile source?

The nice thing (IMNSHO) is that Guile-BAUX is itself a nontrivial chunk
of Guile Scheme, nothing more, and furthermore takes pains to rise above
the cacaphony of Guile version-specific quirks.

Documentation maintenance, on the other hand, is a charge laid squarely
on the Author and the Author's discipline and astuteness.  You know what
to do; you know how to do it; what must be dredged from the void is the
will and the practice, the mind and the motion.  I wish you fortitude.

Well, thanks, I'll do my best :)

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