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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-07-09 13:36:59

Daryle Walker <darylew_at_[hidden]> writes:

> On 6/27/06 12:40 PM, "David Abrahams" <dave_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> [SNIP]
> [GUI programs of CLI tools act wonky in passing information either way
> between the GUI and CLI layers because of problems in model mismatch or
> screen scraping....]
>> IMO this is one of the reasons that Linux has such a hard time
>> approaching real joe-nonhacker-friendliness. The answer, of course,
>> is to have the command-line tools and the GUIs use libraries with
>> strongly-typed interfaces and well-defined exceptions. But who has
>> time for that? :)
> The Subversion SCM system is modeled like this, at least the library
> interface part. (I don't know if it uses exceptions.) The CLI version of
> the SVN client simply calls the SVN libraries.

Which CLI version of the SVN client? There are lots ;-)

> If a GUI program decides to screen-scrape the CLI tool instead of
> using the libraries, it's probably doing something wrong.


Dave Abrahams
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