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Re: CPAN and readline on windows

by Narveson (Chaplain)
on Mar 25, 2009 at 09:18 UTC ( #753063=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to CPAN and readline on windows

I'm terribly sorry, after BrowserUk has given so much help to so many, to see how little help we are giving him.

While we're waiting for an answer, could someone help me understand the question? How does CPAN use readline, and why might BrowserUk wish to disable this?


Comment on Re: CPAN and readline on windows
Re^2: CPAN and readline on windows
by Corion (Pope) on Mar 25, 2009 at 09:33 UTC

    Windows itself already provides functionality similar but different from what Readline provides. And of course, not everybody likes Emacs shortcuts like ^A when the Windows default is to use the HOME key...

Re^2: CPAN and readline on windows
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Mar 25, 2009 at 16:45 UTC
    How does CPAN use readline, and why might BrowserUk wish to disable this?

    It is (apparently) used on other platforms to provide line editing, command line history etc.

    The reasons I want to disable it is because:

    1. it doesn't work on my system.

      With it enabled I can neither edit the current line as I am typing, nor retrieve previous lines--even from the current session. It effectively renders all input as write-only. Make a typo and your only option is to start again from scratch.

    2. it disables my shell's existing, perfectly functional command line editing and history facilities.

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