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Re: dmd’s new name

From: Adam Pribyl
Subject: Re: dmd’s new name
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2016 10:06:00 +0100 (CET)
User-agent: Alpine 2.00 (DEB 1167 2008-08-23)

On Thu, 7 Jan 2016, Ludovic Courtès wrote:

address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) skribis:

Walter Bright <address@hidden> skribis:

The D programming language compiler has been called dmd since about
2000 or so. In order to avoid confusion, may I request that the Gnu
dmd ("Daemons-managing Daemon") change its acronym?

For the record, GNU’s dmd has been around since ~2003¹.

Changing names is obviously an annoyance, technically and otherwise.
We’re not opposed to the idea, but that would take a bit more discussion
among developers.

You might remember this discussion from March 2015.

I proposed to Richard Stallman that we change the name to “GNU Shepherd”
and recently got the green light.


 1. A shepherd looks after sheep (or gnus ;-)), and GNU dmd looks after

 2. “Shepherd” ends with a ‘d’, which makes it a good name for a daemon.

 3. It’s a pun in the same spirit as “GNU Hurd”.

 4. We might even rename ‘deco’ to ‘herd’ because it’s the very command
    that allows users to herd their daemons.

Hope you like it.  :-)

The only disadvantage is it is long and in the text may get confused with a ordinary word and I personaly always struggle with spelling.


I hope, besides the name change, there is going to be some more development on Shepherd then...

Adam Pribyl

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