Much ado about libedit [Re: Alternatives to gcc (was Re: gcc 4.3:
when will it becomestandard compiler?)]
yanefbsd at gmail.com
Sun Feb 1 06:11:21 PST 2009
On Feb 1, 2009, at 1:01 AM, Stefan Farfeleder wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 01, 2009 at 12:55:20PM +1300, James Butler wrote:
>> 2009/2/1 Mark Linimon <linimon at lonesome.com>:
>>> On Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 01:08:54PM -0800, Pedro F. Giffuni wrote:
>>>> The effort didn't go far enough. Why haven't we removed GNU
>>>> readline ?
>>> Probably either because someone hasn't written a BSD-licensed one,
>>> someone hasn't done the work to test-compile src and ports on all
>>> appropriate architectures.
>> This might be off topic, but NetBSD has (limited) readline
>> compatibility in their libedit (which FreeBSD has in ports I think) -
>> this also gives them tab-completion in /bin/sh :-)
> I once posted a patch which ports it to FreeBSD. It would need a
> lot of
> work to fix all ports though.
libedit isn't feature complete with GNU readline and many things will
fail to compile with NetBSD's rip on readline. Believe me -- I tried
with python -_-...
Then again at least you can make GNU readline into a port for things
that need it (like Python's readline module).
And yes, we do already have libedit in the base source tree under lib/
libedit -- it's just extremely outdated (hence libreadline isn't
available after compiling libedit).
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