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Re: LYNX-DEV Lynx_386 for DOS Bug Report (14 March 1997 version)

From: Doug Kaufman
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV Lynx_386 for DOS Bug Report (14 March 1997 version)
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 1997 07:16:42 -0800 (PST)

>On March 19, 1997 Wayne Buttles wrote:
>Ok, here is what I think.
>Un*x, VMS and Win32 can stay the same.
>The 386 version can use lynx.rc, mailcap and mime.typ.

I didn't realize that it would create so much controversy when I
suggested the use of "_lynxrc" instead of ".lynxrc" for the 386 port.
I believe, however, that the precedents generally support the use
of the underscore replacing the dot when porting unix programs to 
DOS.  Commonly used programs that do this include VIM ("_vimrc" instead
of ".vimrc") and LESS ("_less" and "_lesskey" instead of ".less" 
and ".lesskey").  This form also has the advantage that the 
initialization files for any program that uses this convention 
are found at the end of a DOS directory listing when alphabetized.

My second preference would be to go completely to a DOS-type name, 
such as "lynx.ini".  I don't believe that I have seen the "foo.rc"
form used very often at all in DOS ports.  The "_foorc" form has
the advantage that it immediately tells someone that they are dealing
with a unix port that may require special forms of address not usually
seen in DOS programs (i.e. addressing with forward slashes rather than

I don't believe that the comments about other operating systems are
relevant, since the change is required only for the DOS (and possibly
the WIN32) port.  Unless the operating system requires otherwise, we 
should leave the current naming system intact; to do otherwise 
invites confusion. 


Doug Kaufman
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