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Re: Fwd: GNU VCG

On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 01:25:40AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > VCG is apparently an alternative to graphviz, that they plan to link
> > into every GNU program, because actually outputting files, so that you
> > could run them through other programs is bad; someone, somewhere,
> > might actually use that data in a non-approved way. They might forget to
> > put a license on their perl script, say.
> Huh?

The FSF doesn't want to output data from GCC, for example, because
someone could pipe it into a non-free program and connect them that way.
This is why the C backend isn't integrated into GCC, because the whole
point of it is so the output can be run into the Sun C compiler which
optimizes better.

Apparently this is being taken to the extreme; they would like to
integrate VCG with make and m4 so that you can get a graphical view of
your makefile or whatever. But instead of outputing VCG-format files,
which can be manipulated by other programs (say, an ad-hoc Perl script,
or a program from Evil-Evil Soft), they want to link in VCG. 

David Starner - starner@okstate.edu
Falshe fridn iz beser vi a rikhtige krig. /
A bad peace is better than a good war. - Yiddish Proverb

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