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Re: Fwd: Re: xletters patch + packaging question

> From: Roger Dingledine <arma@mit.edu>
> Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 20:04:02 EST
> X-UIDL: 8b6ca7bb2d4b3ffc65b6038879196acd
> Donovan: could you grab the package (it's small), apply the patch,
> and build an srpm and glibc rpm? I'll build a libc rpm as soon as
> you point me to the srpm. Thanks (and sorry for volunteering you
> like this :)
> seul-edu: this program looks like a good first step for an
> educational suite. i remember back in high school we only had
> a couple actually useful educational programs, and a typing
> game like this was one of them. Note that while he says his code
> is badly written, it's really quite good. On the other hand,
> I think he has several bugs and missing features; it ought to be
> versioned at .4 or so. But it's pretty easily salvagable -- if I
> spent an afternoon with it, I'd end up with a really spiffy program.
> One day.
> --Roger
> ------- Forwarded Message
> From: madore@clipper.ens.fr (David Madore)
> Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 12:09:27 +0100 (MET)
> To: arma@MIT.EDU
> Subject: Re: xletters patch + packaging question
> > I checked out your xletters program at
> > http://www.eleves.ens.fr:8080/home/madore/xletters.tgz. I had
> > problems compiling it, because apparently my kernel (2.0.29)
> > includes fail to mention MAP_FAILED (though they mention
> > MAP_SHARED and other standard defines). I did a simple patch of
> > 
> > #ifndef MAP_FAILED
> > #define MAP_FAILED ((void*)-1)
> > #endif
> > 
> > in config.h and it compiled cleanly. You might want to consider
> > including that patch in the distribution (it can only help :)
> Yup.  I learned about that problem very soon after releasing version
> 1.1.0.  I thought I was safe when I compiled the program without error
> under Linux, Solaris and SunOS4, but I had forgotten about the libc5
> vs glibc2 (aka libc6) fight.  The glibc2 header files define
> MAP_FAILED but the libc5 ones don't, for some reason.  For my defense,
> it wasn't I who wrote this part of the program but Peter Horvai.
> Anyway, I'll correct that in version 1.1.1 (there are one or two other
> stupid things I want to fix - such as the fact that the high score
> table gets printed on the standard output, which is dead stupid in
> duel mode).
> > Anyway..nice program! It looks much more professional than other
> > linux typing tutors I've seen. Do you have plans to make it more
> > complex (words moving sideways that are worth extra points, etc)?
> Thanks.  Unfortunately it's not as good-looking from the inside as it
> is from the outside :-(  Initially I wrote a quick'n'dirty program for
> a friend who was trying to learn the layout of the keys on the qwerty
> keyboard (not an easy thing in a country where all the keyboards have
> this stupid damn azerty layout), and, well, it didn't stay quick but
> it did stay dirty ;-)
> So adding new features is mainly conditioned by whether Peter and I
> can manage to make the program cleaner and more readable (by splitting
> it in several files, etc.)  If you have any suggestions, do send them
> to us, though.
> > Also, do you have rpm's available for it? If not, would you mind
> > if we packaged it for inclusion in the Independence distribution
> > (www.independence.seul.org)?
> Please don't hesitate to do that.  I'd be honored.  No, I don't have
> any rpm - I don't even know how to make one.
> --
>      David A. Madore
>     (david.madore@ens.fr,
>      http://www.eleves.ens.fr:8080/home/madore/)
> ------- End of Forwarded Message

It happens this guy at Ecole Normale Superieure and I know a guy who
left it last year (he opened me an account there for my uploads but I
when he left the Ecole) I was unable to use it more.

So I know a guy he probably knows him.  :-)

			Jean Francois Martinez

Project Independence: Linux for the Masses