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Re: [screen-devel] refactor

From: Micah Cowan
Subject: Re: [screen-devel] refactor
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008 11:23:01 -0700
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William Pursell wrote:
> Here's a "janitorial" patch of the type I
> mentioned in my last mail.  A few questions:
> Is it necessary to continue using old K&R style
> parameter declarations?

My feeling is no, but we should get confirmation from Juergen.

Actually, I suspect we may have already broken it in some places (I
certianly haven't been testing with a "traditional" compiler).

> Would there be any problems dumping the
> obsolete's and using Automake?

I did this for the Wget sources I maintain (not in any released version
yet). I would like to hold off on this until 4.1.0 is released: the
primary focus needs to be on getting stability and reasonable confidence
in the functionality we already have now.

Alternatively, you're welcome to start making these changes in a
separate branch.

> I notice there is neither a 'check' nor
> a 'test' target--is there a test suite?

Nope. It'd be nice to have, but as the code is currently structured,
probably pretty difficult. It's certainly something of a hassle doing
this for Wget; but Wget at least is easily subjected to high-level,
expected-versus-actual output tests.

> A distclean target would be nice as well,
> but it seems easier to use automake than
> to start writing targets.

Agreed. I'd say it's not a priority for 4.1.0, just leave it for when we
add automake (assuming Juergen is agreeable to that move).

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Micah J. Cowan
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