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- Subject: RE: The 4.1-alpha manual
- From: Philippe Lhoste <PhiLho@...>
- Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 18:16:32 +0200 (MEST)
Reuben Thomas wrote:
> Roberto wrote:
> > You are right, it can't. The "*w" was dropped because it was quite
> > arbitrary in its definition of "word", and more often than not that
> > definition was not what we wanted. But we can put it back, if
> many people
> > miss it.
Well, I don't miss it, I never used it anyway, and I doubt I would use it.
> Please don't put it back. It was deceptive, as you said. It's a
> pity to add
> *u, really; I can't think of many applications where it's not
> better either
> to read *a or *l and then do string processing on the results.
*a can be costly on very large files on small resource computers, but most
of the time, an iteration on *l can do the trick.
Frankly, I don't see much use of this format too... But perhaps there is a
strong demand for it (reading config files? CSV/TSV?).
Philippe Lhoste (Paris -- France)
Professional programmer and amateur artist
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