FAQ entries (was: Re: So, Seriously)
Fri Jun 22 10:05:01 2001
>>>"WB" == Waldemar Brodkorb <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
WB> * Evan Prodromou wrote:
>> Is there any way to change the "dotted" id?
WB> Take a look at the archiv.
Which is a bit difficult since it doesn't have a search engine
WB> What about adding this point to the FAQ?
Certainly. My problem is that I don't have the time to follow all
discussions in detail and then compile FAQ entries from them. (And not
every question being asked actually belongs to the FAQ.) I usually have
been waiting until threads came to some agreement before compiling an
entry, but this point is occasionally difficult to judge beforehand. And
later on, it's easily being forgotten ;-)
Example: When this Mac OS X thread came up, one of the first replies was
along the lines "That's well known. Mac OS X's sed is broken, get a new
one." Even when I couldn't remember having seen this question before,
it's a good candidate for the FAQ, although I would prefer something
like this to be in the INSTALL file/release notes (which is true for
quite some FAQ entries). So I included it, as the poster seemed
confident (I have no way to verify his answer). But then, a lengthy
thread developed whose bottom line is not quite clear to me. Something
like "Mac OS X's default shell is zsh, which has by default a CDPATH
that causes trouble. As Werner refuses to change the autoconf stuff to
take this into account (which would be possible), you have to unset
CDPATH before compiling GnuPG."
Now, this might be more accurate, but how can I know without someone
with Mac OS X access confirms it? Anyway, I'll remove the "wrong" entry
until that happens. This does only show that I shouldn't be too quick to
To sum up: you shouldn't rely on me scanning all messages and compile
verified FAQ entries from them. I have to rely on your help. If you are
confident that you have the correct answer to a frequent problem, please
send it to me. If you have corrections, please do so as well.
Nils Ellmenreich, Lst. f. Programmierung, Universitaet Passau, Germany