Subject: Re: random installation related points
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Matthias Buelow <email@example.com>
Date: 07/28/1999 05:18:09
Luke Mewburn <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> b) Do we really need ncurses? libslang (pkgsrc/devel/libslang)
> gives similar functionality, and in my experience in using
> either ncurses or slang for lynx, it was much easier
> getting slang into lynx and it gave more features.
But curses is standardized; slang is not.
> c) I feel hesitant about using a language which not many
> developers know (scheme). For that matter, why not use
> python? From what I've seen and used, python is fairly
> easy to understand and looks clean as a language.
So is scheme. Python assigns semantics as part of the indentation
level, the last time I looked at it; that alone should make any
serious programmer turn away from it in agony as fast as (s)he can
move her/his head.
>(Just to stir the pot a bit...)
All installers I have come across so far were crap (including NetBSD
sysinst, although there are worse ones). Using extension languages
in a simple install program is somehow overkill; a properly programmed
C program should do well, considering that it will be crap anyways.