On Wednesday, November 08, 2006, at 12:05PM, "Sam Steingold" <sds@...> indited:
>Hoehle, Joerg-Cyril wrote:
>> Pascal Bourguignon wrote:
>>> - it would be nice if the banner included the version (so I wouldn't
>>> have to do anything to mention the version in bug reports ;-))
>> I don't want full --version output there. I hate it when programs start
>> and output a screen full of output.
>yes, clisp banner is already big enough.
Right, so let's not add anything actually both useful _and_ small.
>> But if there's not the full --version output, but e.g. only version
>> number, your bug report would be incomplete and you still need to
>> include more information.
What one needs to report for debugging is always going to be mondo verbose.
And I do _not_ want to see that when I start any program.
Of course, I really don't need to see the full ascii art everytime I start CLISP to know that I've started CLISP.
It +would+ be very helpful to know which version I have started, however.
Look at what, oh, say, Python, to pick another popular language, prints when you start it interactively:
Python 2.4.2 (#1, Mar 2 2006, 14:17:22)
[GCC 3.3.5 (propolice)] on openbsd3
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
So, while I have a different motive here than the, ahem, original poster, I don't see how adding a short version string (2.41.<whatever>)
is such a big deal. It is not like "we" are asking for the numbers to spelled out in 8 line high axey art. Sheesh.