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Re: PATCH: alias modules

Peter Stephenson wrote:
>any reason you haven't done this the way I suggested, which would have put
>aliasing under user control,

We don't want aliasing under user control.  My view is that aliases are
for backward compatibility only.

The point of hierarchical module names is that each module can
have a canonical global name, and users loading modules can specify
unambiguously which module they want.  To do that, the user has to give
the fully-qualified module name at some point.  And since modules are
usually (auto)loaded in initialisation files anyway, there's no typing
saved by letting the user set up an abbreviated name.

But really the reason why I did it this way is that it seems neater.
It's adding no new semantics, just using the existing infrastructure
(module dependencies).  zsh has far too much semi-hidden state as it
is; it's time we started using its existing capabilities to their full
potential, rather than doing each new thing in C.  The new completion
system is heading that way, much to my delight.

>                             would have allowed zmodload to show up aliases

zmodload -d

OK, this makes no distinction between alias modules and other
dependencies.  But OTOH, I don't think we want to treat straight aliases
specially.  What if we split a module into several: with this system, we
can make the old name an empty module depending on all the new modules,
and it is treated exactly like the 1-to-1 aliases.

>                                    and wouldn't have filled the place up
>with bogus modules (some 30k each here)?

Oh.  They're 3620 bytes each here, and I assumed they'd be small
everywhere, since they contain almost no code.  But as I explained
earlier, my intention is that there won't eventually be so many.  3.1.7
should contain aliases only for those modules that existed in 3.1.6,
and we should consider at some point which modules are really important
enough to warrant backward compatibility with the old names.


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