My pre-1.0 wishlist

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Sat Jun 4 09:43:32 UTC 2016

Hal Murray <hmurray at>:
> How close to you think you are to finishing the HOWTO?

Two working days at most, I think. The main obstacle at this point is
that I haven't yet been able to get the Odroid C2 to light up my test
monitor, so I can't finish its section yet.

(It's not broken. It lit up one of Phil's over at his place.)

> I'll try to make a good pass this weekend.


> I still think it would be easier to hand off to others if it was split into 
> chunks, and you are the best one to do that.

You are undoubtedly right on both counts, but I still don't think I can
justify the time to reorganize it right now.  Too many other things to
do, including...

> I'm less pessimistic about TESTFRAME than you are.  You shouldn't need to 
> understand the hairball.  You do need to understand the interface with the 
> outside world.

I will be delirious wth joy if you are right.

> I think you need to intercept the big select rather than trying to avoid that.

Right, I figured that out many weeks ago.  It was part of my plan for the
second failed attempt.

> The timer interrupts make things a bit complicated.  We have to find a way 
> for the collect phase to write stuff to the replay file.  We can't do that 
> from the interrupt handler.  At worst, the interrupt handler can set two 
> flags, and all intercept calls can peek at the new flag.  When replaying, if 
> you find a timer line, just set the timer flag and process the next line.
> When you are ready to try again, we should arrange a phone call.

Excellent.  I'll take any help I can get.

> We have to remember not to turn on the timer in replay mode.

Yes, I figured that out too.
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