28 Feb 2001 johnm   » (Journeyer)

David, aka hacker, writes about a new release of pilot-link:

It fixes a lot of problems people have had, and it's going to be a mandatory upgrade when it's released.

Just what the hell is a mandatory upgrade? It may well be a desirable upgrade (but I have my doubts), and you might like everyone to use it, but you're not in a position to enforce that, and I don't think you should talk as if you were.

The last person I heard talking about mandatory upgrades was this guy.

What doubts? I have problems with some of the gratuitous changes in the new version. I install files with pilot-xfer dozens of times every day, and I really don't think the upgrade is desirable if it means I have to sit through

$ pilot-xfer -i blah.prc 

(c) Copyright 1996-2000, pilot-link team Join the pilot-unix list to contribute.

This is pilot-xfer from pilot-link version 0.9.5-pre5

pilot-link 0.9.5-pre5 is covered under the GPL See the file COPYING for more details.

Port: /dev/pilot

Please press the HotSync button now... Connected... Installing blah.prc... OK Install done

every time, instead of something more succinct, such as (from version 0.9.0)

$ pilot-xfer -i blah.prc 
Waiting for connection on /dev/pilot (press the HotSync
button now)...
Installing blah.prc... OK
Install done

I've brought this up several times, and believe it or not the above is a lot less stupid than it was in 0.9.5-pre3. But while the current one may be better than pre3, that doesn't mean it's good, and it doesn't mean it's better than 0.9.0.

I daresay I'm also a bit disgruntled because David has ignored most of the patches I have sent him.

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