[TUHS] man-page style
jon at fourwinds.com
Tue Nov 20 02:48:52 AEST 2018
Warner Losh writes:
> On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 2:40 PM Jon Steinhart <jon at fourwinds.com> wrote:
> > Emacs sort of
> > violates my UNIX-sense as it does many things instead of doing one thing
> > well.
> I'd argue that's not a bad thing. When people tried to add macros to make
> or sendmail, you wound up with crazy like imake or the crazy sendfile.m4
> stuff. Of course, sendmail and one thing aren't mates, but sometimes you
> need to do a few, well chosen things well to avoid the crazy that trying to
> misuse something will bring to the table.
Funny that you bring this up as I was just talking to Eric about this.
I was telling him that someone had recently asked me why sendmail was
so complicated, and I explained to them that it was because email wasn't
always like it is today; that there were many disparate email systems and
sendmail glued them all together. Eric said something like yeah, and I
would have liked to have a better syntax but memory was too constrained
at the time to let me do anything better.
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