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Re: hurd does NOT need /hurd

tb@becket.net (Thomas Bushnell, BSG) writes:
> Richard Kettlewell <richardk@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:

>> I still don't see why settrans can't search some kind of path list (or
>> add a fixed prefix to relative names for that matter, it'd be "/hurd/"
>> on current systems presumably) before the 'squirrelling' step.
> Of course it could; the question is: is this valuable or not? 

Yes, I think it is.  Requiring the user to type /hurd when the
computer could work it out automatically is an example of requiring a
human to do a repetitive task that a computer could do easily enough
(and probably better - the computer is unlikely to typo it as /hrd).

I'm philosophically opposed to that, and think anyone else designing a
human-computer interface ought to be to.

More practically and less philosophically, extra typing increases the
risk of RSI; wastes time; makes lines more likely to wrap; etc.


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