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acediff problem with "//"

Morten Hulden morten at ngb.se
Tue Jun 17 02:47:51 EST 2003


On Mon, 16 Jun 2003, Dave Matthews wrote:

> acediff should treat "/\/" or "\/\/" as a literal "//" rather than a comment,
> like tace and xace do, but it doesn't.  This makes it impossible to use
> acediff for incremental updates, which I would dearly love to do and is
> otherwise quite feasible.  I have many records that contain URLs so 
> handling "//" is essential.
> 
> I complained about this in 1996 and again in 2000:
> http://bionet.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk/hypermail/acedb/acedb.199602/0010.html
> http://bionet.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk/hypermail/acedb/acedb.199602/0011.html
> http://bionet.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk/hypermail/acedb/acedb.200009/0038.html
> As of version 4_9p it still isn't fixed.  I'm afraid it fell through
> the cracks.  I know how easy it is for this to happen.  But, please?

It happens in the freeread() function (in w1/freesubs.c) and it would be 
an easy thing to fix unless freeread() wasn't used by other tools as well. 
But then again, if "/\/" _always_ should be treated as a literal it should 
not be a problem.

Morten






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