Subject: Re: bin/3011: ftp could be smarter with host:/path and URL's
To: Frank van der Linden <>
From: Tom I Helbekkmo <tih@Hamartun.Priv.NO>
List: current-users
Date: 12/10/1996 17:57:25
On Mon, 9 Dec 1996, Frank van der Linden wrote:

> No, it wouldn't be hard to, say, use libedit for ftp. But.. it's a
> file transfer program.  But if you do this, a case could be made to
> add extensions like this to any other program that has a
> command-line-like interface.

And what's wrong with that?  A shared library implementing a common
command line interface with command history, Emacs or vi editing,
completion "and all that jazz" wouldn't add much of a load, and would
make the whole environment more comfortable to use.  It's not a novel
idea, you know -- good old TOPS-20 did this on our DEC 2065.  Heck,
they did it in RSX-11 on dinky little PDP-11 systems!

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