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Re: efuns ?



In article <20020118180559.GC15221@club-internet.fr>,
Ralf Treinen <treinen@club-internet.fr> wrote:
>On Fri, Jan 18, 2002 at 11:52:39AM +0100, Jrme Marant wrote:
>> Sven <luther@dpt-info.u-strasbg.fr> writes:
>> 
>> > Hello,
>> > 
>> > I just noticed efuns in the orphaned package list.
>> > 
>> > Do we care about it, or let it be orphaned ?
>> 
>>   I doubt that anyone use it. People use emacs or vim.
>>   I'd suggest that we let it be orphaned unless one
>>   of us really use it.
>
>I agree with Jerme. What is the point of efuns anyway ? We have
>different flavours of emacs which are well maintained and heavily used.
>For me, the fact that it is written in ocaml is not a sufficient
>argument.
>
>-Ralf.
>-- 

I've only tried efuns long enough to decide I didn't have time to
convert my .emacs file. However, from the same source there builds a
window manager called gwml, and I think this has actual potential to
be useful. (As opposed to pretty, which most other wms seem to value
above usability) The configuration is by dynamically loaded ocaml.

Its sort of in the style of fvwm. However, the debian package has
problems. On my laptop running gwml_install started copying my whole
home directory into .gwml-017-3, but I stopped that, got the config
(written in ocaml) to compile, tweaked a few key bindings, tweaked a
little bit of code, and guess what? I'm still using it 3 months
later. This is on a laptop I use every day. (But not all day) However,
it /really/ needs some work. Window dragging sometimes just freezes,
and only recovers when the mouse leaves the window. I had to hack the
code to get the pager window to front when changing desktops, but I
was able to make it auto-minimize after a delay after switching. That
feature rocks. Also the fact that the virtual desktop has no
predefined bounds, it just gets bigger when you scroll. (I use
keyboard shortcuts to scroll by whole screens) There's an attempt at a
configuration menu and .gwmlrc file implementation in the ocaml
config, but its not really useful, and gets in the way of changing
stuff by changing the config code, as the creator intended:-)

If I had the spare time, I'd get it into shape. But I have no spare
time, I'm not a debian developer -- it'll have to wait till my company
goes under, and we have 17 years working capital!

Anybody else want to have a go? I think it would be a fun little ocaml
project for someone. I could give you my minimal fix patch...
-- 
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