Updated: ed-1.6-1

Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID) [E] BBuchbinder@niaid.nih.gov
Wed Apr 25 13:42:00 GMT 2012

Christopher Faylor sent the following at Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:36 AM
>On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 06:26:00AM -0400, Chris Sutcliffe wrote:
>>On 23 April 2012 19:45, Yaakov (Cygwin/X) wrote:
>>> On 2012-04-23 18:16, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 06:44:23PM -0400, Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID)
>>>> [E] wrote:
>>>>> Christopher Faylor wrote on Sunday, April 22, 2012 4:59 PM
>>>>>> I've made a new version of ed available for installation. ?This version
>>>>>> is a refresh from the currently released FSF version of this package.
>>>>> They're still updating ed!?!?!
>>>> Heh.
>>>> I was pretty surprised too. ?I couldn't believe I'd missed several
>>>> revisions.
>>>> Who in the world still uses ed?
>>> http://tinderbox.dev.gentoo.org/misc/dindex/sys-apps/ed
>>> http://tinderbox.dev.gentoo.org/misc/rindex/sys-apps/ed
>>The mksh testsuite requires ed to run successfully as well.
>I think Barry expressed my incredulity a little more clearly.
>I can believe that there are old configure scripts out there still using
>ed but it's hard to believe that people are still uncovering enough
>problems with ed to warrant multiple new releases.

So then the next question is why did you check for an update?  :-)
The answer may provide hints for why it is still being updated.

Perhaps the ongoing maintenance of ed and that cgf checks ed for updates
are both examples of how diligent some maintainers are.

- Barry
  Disclaimer: Statements made herein are not made on behalf of NIAID.

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