Subject: re: the whole symlink thing...
To: None <netbsd-bugs@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Peter Seebach <email@example.com>
Date: 11/24/1995 21:06:31
1. Is there a more appropriate list?
2. Speaking of merging in features, why not make the special char ~, and
merge the ~user hacks out of the shells and into path name lookups, if
we're looking for a convenience? This would be undeniable cruft, but a
suitably generic implementation would be much more powerful. The idea
would be that ~ was current user's home directory, ~foo would be foo's
home directory, and perhaps ~:arch would be the architechture. The
problems would be greater, but it would be a nice unixy feature; too
powerful and confusing for most people to get any benefit from.
And you could symlink your bin to ~/bin and have snoopers always discover
that you unaccountably have *exactly* the same collection of files that
they do! :)
Obviously, by the time the escape processing was in, to allow you to
specify ~s in names, it would be horrid... But maybe someone can offer
a nice clean solution.