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Re: Objections to converting bsd-family-tree to a dot file

On 12/17, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 16, 2017 at 09:12:03PM -0500, Mark Heily wrote:
> > On Sat, Dec 16, 2017 at 2:49 PM, Rodney W. Grimes
> > I have no personal experience with it, but a quick Google search says
> > there are programs based on the Graph::Easy library that can
> > render DOT files as ASCII.
> And we have to pull what exactly into base or comp to use "Graph::Easy"?

Unfortunately, the output from Graph::Easy looks horrible:

That's unreadable.  If Graph::Easy can't do a lot better than that, then
I don't think it's worth worrying about what would need to be pulled in
for Graph::Easy.

I didn't know about bsd-family-tree until this thread, but I must
say that I like the existing bsd-family-tree from the standpoint of
readability from a terminal.  It's nicely organized and laid out!  Of
course, I also understand the pain of editing it by hand.

Eitan, in your initial post, you said:

  It has to be maintained by hand, and can't be parsed to do anything
  more useful (like turn it into an image). In addition, formatting
  differences between the different projects have led to minor
  differences that are difficult to merge.

Is there any possibility of eliminating the formatting differences
between the projects?  If so, would that then make the maintenance more



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