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From: Chris Siebenmann <cks>
To: rc
Subject: Re: Beta release rc-1.6b3 available
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 22:34:14 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <01Oct23.223416edt.45459@hawkwind.utcs.utoronto.ca> (raw)
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Tue, 23 Oct 2001 16:32:53 CDT." <20011023223253.B17282@texne.com>

| On the other hand, one of the nice things abot rc is that it has a
| small memory footprint, and adding features would make it worse in
| that respect.

 Tilde expansion is particularly bad in that respect because it drags
in a large collection of code from the C library. In extreme cases, it
may not be possible to statically link something that uses getpwnam()
because the mechanisms for flexible username lookups require runtime
loaded dynamic libraries.

 If you do tilde expansion through the filesystem (for example, via a
/u directory full of symlinks from usernames to their real home
directory) you can gain the benefit of GNU readline auto-completion as
well as significant universality at the price of only a little extra
typing.

	- cks


  reply	other threads:[~2001-10-24  3:34 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2001-10-15 13:56 Tim Goodwin
2001-10-17 14:13 ` Buggs
2001-10-17 14:34   ` Tim Goodwin
2001-10-17 21:13     ` Buggs
     [not found] ` <20011019004843.A429@gc.wirefire.com>
2001-10-19 17:14   ` Tim Goodwin
2001-10-22  6:47     ` Scott Schwartz
2001-10-24  3:25       ` Chris Siebenmann
2001-10-24  3:41         ` Scott Schwartz
2001-10-23  7:55 ` Carlo Strozzi
2001-10-23 12:44   ` Tim Goodwin
2001-10-23 21:32     ` Carlo Strozzi
2001-10-24  3:34       ` Chris Siebenmann [this message]
2001-10-24  8:04         ` Carlo Strozzi
2001-10-23 15:47   ` Markus Friedl
2001-10-23 21:09     ` Carlo Strozzi
2001-10-23 15:55   ` Sam Roberts
2001-10-23 21:14     ` Scott Schwartz
2001-10-26 23:57 Gary Carvell

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