[PATCH] Make --enable-internationalization default

Matt Turner mattst88 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 15:52:44 PST 2012

On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM, Thomas Dickey <dickey at his.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 05:40:11PM -0500, Gaetan Nadon wrote:
>> On 12-01-24 05:06 PM, Matt Turner wrote:
>> > On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM, Thomas Dickey <dickey at his.com> wrote:
>> >> Actually the issue relative to xterm was reported over in GenToo this
>> >> week.
>> > Samuli and I are Gentoo developers
>> >
>> >> It seems that xorg changes have broken a more than 10-year old
>> >> packaging arrangement.
>> > Sorry for trying to maintain previously unmaintained software?
>> >
>> >> That's a bug in your code, and cannot be excused by citing a user request
>> >> to provide configurability.
>> > Not sure who or what you mean. It was certainly a bug in Gentoo -- I
>> > didn't provide a knob to configure this feature.
>> >
>> I am a bit confused, this is a new X.Org module. Anyway, the comments I
> But Xaw3d has been packaged in various places all along.
> Lack of involvement by xorg hackers doesn't bear into the matter.
> Linux is irrelevant as well in this discussion.
> For instance, I see in a quick check the Darwin and FreeBSD ports
> as well as NetBSD (pkgsrc) and Solaris (opencsw and sunfreeware).
> What is relevant is providing a new version of a long-used
> package which drops a major part of its functionality by default.

The old Xaw3d-1.5 used imake, and the new 1.6 uses autotools, so we
didn't realize that internationalization was on-by-default with the
old version.

> That only leads to bug reports (and sadly, xorg hackers as a rule
> are not proactive in this area, generally expecting everyone who has an
> issue to come _here_).

I'm not sure what you're talking about. I released libXaw3d-1.6
upstream. I added 1.6 to Gentoo. I fielded a couple of bug reports
Samuli filed in the Gentoo and FreeDesktop bugzillas. I sent two
patches in response.

I don't understand what we're going round and round about.

Maybe the lesson should simply be don't bother users of unmaintained
software so quickly after finding problems in a new release.

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