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Manipulating history in iniitialization files

From: Rafael Laboissiere
Subject: Manipulating history in iniitialization files
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2011 23:24:28 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

Dear Octave maintainers,

First of all, thanks for your continuing effort in developing Octave.  I
really appreciate it and I regret not having time to maintain the
Octave-related Debian packages anymore.

My question/request today regards the code in src/octave.cc, where I read
the following:

    execute_startup_files ();
    initialize_history (read_history_file);

Is there a strong reason for the order of execution above?  If it was

    initialize_history (read_history_file);
    execute_startup_files ();

then the history could be manipulated in startup files, like adding
timestamps or the like.  I have not investigated the possible side
effects of this reversal, though, but it could be a beneficial change.


Rafael Laboissiere

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