Re: [dev] print utility

From: Charlie Kester <>
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:04:37 -0700

On 03/30/2013 23:49, Chris Down wrote:
> I really don't see the need for a tool like this. Saying sed and awk are
> not suckless is like saying C is not suckless -- sed and awk are languages
> with a very specific domain, text processing. Perhaps you think *an
> implementation* sucks. Good. GNU coreutils packages awful versions of
> awk/sed. If you want to debate that these tools suck on a conceptual level,
> you've completely lost me, because your idea to completely cripple the user
> from being able to do anything remotely interesting is downright baffling.
> You have introduced ANOTHER binary to do a job that plenty of tools can
> already do in a completely non-sucky way, which is the most sucky thing you
> could have possibly done. I can only hope that you've mistakenly posted
> this one day early for April 1st.
> I'm not usually this annoyed on this ML, even if it is the norm, but
> Christ. If this is serious, I just don't even know what to say about it.

I'm inclined to agree, and that's why I chose to treat it as a coding
exercise rather than a serious proposal for a new utility.

As a coding exercise, it did bring out some interesting responses which
might help clarify what we mean by programs that suck less.
Received on Sun Mar 31 2013 - 16:04:37 CEST

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