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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-12-14 12:01:37

Alexander Nasonov <alnsn_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Rene Rivera wrote:
>> Ah, seems like a very bad idea to me. I think writing code that is so
>> platform dependent and is commonly known to be available as the separate
>> utility "more" will create more problems than it would solve.
> I completely agree.
>> A better idea is to add that functionality to the configure script
>> itself. Just have it figure out a paging program to use to send such
>> output to.
> Does it really a problem that more is unavailable? In other words, why
> introduce more complexity when it's enough to instruct people to use
> more or their favorite pager?

Because that introduces complexity into the instructions.

>> Personally I wouldn't add such a thing at all. I would think you would
>> be hard pressed to find Unix users who don't know how to use "more", or
>> use a terminal/shell window with a scroll bar.
> I wouldn't do either but I can easily imagine new generation C++
> developer who just installed Fedora/Ubuntu/etc, opened KDevelop or other
> IDE and would like to play with boost but has no idea yet how to use
> bash. Boost's getting started guide would be a first bash guide for them
> ;-)

Please, no! I want to keep the scope of the document limited, not try
to teach everything under the sun.

Dave Abrahams
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