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Re: Proposal: Add option to add dates to write(1)

On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 10:37:56AM -0400, James K. Lowden wrote:
> On Fri, 25 May 2012 02:05:32 -0400 (EDT)
> Mouse <mouse%Rodents-Montreal.ORG@localhost> wrote:
> I see no problem using the preferences of the logged-in user to
> determine the date format of its message notice. It is both technically
> unambiguous and meets the POLA test.  

I do.  I think it's well beyond crazy to invent a whole new kind of
persistent-locale for Unix systems just to add this feature to write(1).

For better or worse, locale settings on Unix are controlled by environment
variables.  Letting processes poke at each others' environment variables
is a very, very dangerous thing.  I cannot see sufficient benefit here to
justify it, either.


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