[UNIX] 2.8.3

Tim Rowledge tim at sumeru.stanford.edu
Thu Sep 7 01:23:22 UTC 2000

Ian Piumarta <Ian.Piumarta at inria.fr> is widely believed to have written:

> Folks,
> Blessed relief!  I think we're almost there...  In the usual place:
Not so far as my Netscape can see; neither your inria site nor the uiuc
site will admit to the existence of said files. In fact, inria seems to
have lost the 2.8 directory entirely!

>    Plus other stuff, but I can't remember what.  Oh yes:
>    - I officially throw in the towel.  There is now a configuration
>      file in the "unix" dir called PLUGINS that describes the
>      obvious thing.  Until something is done about the names of the
>      generated files, this seems the only non-utterly-ludicrous
>      solution.
Is there something wrong with the way that generating a plugin for
external use creates a suitably named directory for you? All y'have to
do is make sure the accompanying files are in that directory and your
old make/autoconf stuff handled it just fine. It isn't something that
should be 'fixed' in make-land, it simply needs a tool in the image to
check that the right files are in the right place. Or even somebody
paying attention when moving the files around. I don't see it as a
terrible cost to anyone wanting to build a different configuration; it
only has to be done once.

Where a configuration file would be a help is on describing the
situation for a particular platform. For example liGNUx curently has no
MIDI or asynchronous file support, so there is no point whatsoever in
generating the plugins nor having the associated (null) files.


Tim Rowledge, tim at sumeru.stanford.edu, http://sumeru.stanford.edu/tim
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