9 Oct 2002 madscientist   » (Master)

GNU make
Released GNU make 3.80 last week. Feels good to get it out the door and so far so good: no "brown paper bag" bugs reported yet. I'm always slightly nervous about this in a tool so essential and ubiquitous as GNU make; if there's a stupid bug there it's pretty visible! My plan is to fix any bugs that come in, integrate the ports to OS/2 and MingW that have been sitting on the back burner for a few months, and maybe some other cleanups (I've got a workspace with ansi2knr support almost completely integrated...!!) then release 3.81, maybe even by the end of the year depending on various factors. Then choose a "next big thing" to go into 3.82. My favorite project is stateful make, but that's a serious amount of effort. Another possibility is Guile integrated as an extension language.

Work
Survived another reduction last month. Who'd have thought the telecomms industry would implode this badly in only two years? If the trades are to be believed it ain't over yet, either. *Sigh*. With all that some of our plans are on hold, some are reprioritized, and so it goes...

Home
Headed to West Virginia for another Buckwheat Festival with the family a few weeks ago. As always, great fun was had by all although the weather was variable. Just as one of the parades was ending the sky let loose with an absolutely torrential downpour. It was quite the site to see the formerly crowded sidewalks emptied in mere seconds and the street turned into a river; discarded cups and containers caromed around and through the waterlogged feet of the final, soaked high school marching band as they plodded towards the end of the route. As always, too, I got sick while we were there. Just mild this year though.

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