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Re: [Bash-announce] Readline-8.1-alpha available for download

From: Alexandre François Garreau
Subject: Re: [Bash-announce] Readline-8.1-alpha available for download
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2020 18:19:41 +0200

Le mercredi 17 juin 2020, 16:50:28 CEST Chet Ramey a écrit :
> This distribution is essentially a standalone version of the
> readline library that appears in bash-5.1-alpha together with
> an `autoconf' framework.  The documentation has been updated and
> is current.

Only the bash one or the readline one too? I didn’t find any mention of 
“faces” in 9.1 version of readline doc (I found nothing searching for 
“faces”, “\<face\>”, “highlight”, and nothing new with “paste” and 

> The most visible new feature is the addition of `faces',

FaceS, with an S? does that involve either bold or color or background (or 
other terminal capabilities)? could that be used, or ease, the adding of 
program-specific syntax coloring and highlighting?

Because of that, I’ve seen people working to get rid of readline, for 
things such as “replxx” (and also for “more easily supporting Windows”, 
though apparently they still don’t, except with PSL or other posix layer), 
because they wanted to have syntax coloring in the terminal, just like the 
“fish” shell.

Is there anything about such other shells’ and libraries’ features that 
makes them uninteresting for readline?

> which
> highlights the text between the point and mark. This shows the text
> inserted by bracketed paste, and the text found by incremental and
> non-incremental history searches. Several additional commands set the
> mark to take advantage of this feature.

> Bracketed paste mode is
> supported in more places (e.g., in vi `overstrike' mode) and is
> currently enabled by default.

The manual in the 8.1-alpha tarballs says the opposite about the default.

> The first alpha release of the GNU Readline library, version 8.1,
> is now available for FTP with the URL
> ftp://ftp.cwru.edu/pub/bash/readline-8.1-alpha.tar.gz

Isn’t it a privacy problem that this point to amazon hosting?

It didn’t worked for me (maybe because of my bad internet connection), but 
I noted it was on GNU ftp, why not mentioning it too?

> and from the readline-8.1-testing branch in the readline git repository
> (http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/readline.git/log/?h=readline-8.1-testi
> ng).

Following that, it seems to me that the direct link from savannah is 
 why pointing to /log/?

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