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Re: ANSI bg colour outside of prompt area
Ray, You're missing the point. Every feature has costs as well as benefits.
The costs are not limited to writing the original patch to the source code.
Every new feature makes future changes more difficult. Every new feature
requires additional verbiage to the documentation and thus a potential
source of confusion. Every new feature makes it more likely that someone
will be surprised by the behavior of the program. Every new feature
increases the cost of supporting the program. Etcetera.
The value of the proposed feature has to be considerably larger than those
costs. I love zsh. I also hate a lot of the "features" that have been added
which benefit a very tiny percentage of its users at the expense of
everyone else. Including the people trying to help new zsh users and keep
the project alive and the preferable choice from the alternatives. There
are a million features that could be added to zsh which would make someone
happy. Implementing all those features would kill zsh.
On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 7:41 PM, Ray Andrews <rayandrews@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 02/22/2015 05:44 PM, Kurtis Rader wrote:
>> Kids these days just don't understand how walking to school and back home
>> uphill both ways through two meters of snow helps build character :-)
> I have walked to school uphill both ways through--ok, it was only two feet
> of snow, but it *was* uphill both ways. God strike me.
> ... preferable to bolting on another "feature" to zsh that only 0.001% of
> its users will find valuable.
> Well it ain't going to happen and that's nothing to cry about, still, I'd
> ask how hard would it be? Could be a nice little come-on for bashers and
> I'm quite sure I'd use it, now that I think about it. You don't miss
> something you've not had, but once you have it who's to say who might not
> like it? I'm thinking how cool it might be to have different builds on
> different xterms showing different BG colors, so that it's easier to keep
> track of which is which. But, yes, it is just a bon-bon.
Caretaker of the exceptional canines Junior and Hank
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