The \ problem (or annoyance), and a fix proposal
Duarte.Cordeiro at cm-lisboa.pt
Tue Jan 13 09:36:37 PST 2004
This problem seems common.
>From the book:
../glibc-2.3.2/configure --prefix=/tools \
--disable-profile --enable-add-ons \
And someone types it like this:
../glibc-2.3.2/configure --prefix=/tools \ --disable-profile
--enable-add-ons \ --with-headers=/tools/include \
--with-binutils=/tools/bin \ --without-gd
(all in one line, with the backslashes)
Although the backslash + space isn't a problem in any shell (or at least I
think it's not), the book should (IMHO) clarify why it's there, and when to
leave it out.
I haven't read the book too closely, but a search for "backslash" returns
only a result in the changelog section.
While you're at it (telling users to type commands by the book) explain to
them what's the backslash propose, and if they type the command all-in-one
line, that they need to remove it. I would put a reminder (like: remember,
if you type everything in one line, remove the backslashes) in the first 2
or 3 times in appears in the book.
It surely doesn't harm anyone, and it clarifies its use.
Hope I was helpfull,
PS: sorry for my lame english ;)
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