Hi, On Wed, Sep 27, 2006 at 05:22:32PM +0200, José Luis Tallón wrote: > [...] > Thank you (not that I have anything to do with this package, but all > work is welcome) :-) > > I have even rewritten dhelp_parse, one of the main utilities, in Ruby  > > (mostly because it's a huge PITA finding and fixing bugs in a largely text > > processing program... written in C). It maintains compatibility with the > > documentation database, so it's a drop-in replacement. At least it should :-) > > > Ruby is not among the "standard" installation. May I suggest PERL instead? > (Not that I prefer PERL to Ruby -- this is just for dependencies' sake) Well, I first thought about Perl, too, when I proposed Stefan to rewrite it... But later I thought that Ruby is now more or less popular in Debian (you can see references to it from time to time on Planet Debian, for example, and there is a Ruby package maintainer group), and dhelp isn't a required package anyway, so it's not like we're forcing everyone to install Ruby. And last, but not least, the Ruby version is already written, working, and has a (small, admittedly) test suite. Now dhelp_parse.rb is VERY readable (IMHO) and it's pretty easy to change stuff (and has some cool features the C version didn't, BTW). I don't think we could have achieved that easily in Perl (but I don't want to start a flamewar, so I won't argue ;-) ). Regards, -- Esteban Manchado Velázquez <email@example.com> EuropeSwPatentFree - http://EuropeSwPatentFree.hispalinux.es Help spread it through the Net in signatures, webpages, whatever!
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