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Bug#134742: Spying at http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=134742

"A month of sundays ago Kari Hurtta wrote:"
> Peter T. Breuer:
> >   oboe:/usr/oboe/ptb% elm
> >   I can't understand keyword "local-fast-lookup" in line 18 in ".elm/elmrc" file
> >   Fix .elm/elmrc or let elm rebuild elmrc with option '-w'
> > 
> > followed by bailout.
> > 
> > So the workaround is untenable on a system with NFS shared home
> > directories, which people may be accessing from different computers,
> > with different versions of elm.
> Well, Is different version of Elm different _global_ configuration
> directory ("library directory")? There is also elm.rc file.

Oh, I see, you suggest making the elm configuration machine specific by
using a machine specific defaults file!  That's not a bad idea, but
whether it's a good or a bad idea, it's in any case a workaround for a
problem that is in itself a result of a workaround for a different
problem - namely that the default behaviour has changed: one now
needs a special new option in order to get the old (and appropriate)
behaviour on any system with an automounter. If not, then new
elm will cause unrelated cds and floppies to try and mount themselves,
causing elm itself to block while each tiems out.

IMO it's simply a programming error, and the simplest thing is to
correct it. Are you saying that this behaviour is _intentional_? What is
its objective?


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