Re: [Gc] Re: [PATCH] fixing couple of typos in cord.h

Ivan Maidanski ivmai at
Mon May 31 02:03:32 PDT 2010

Mon, 31 May 2010 11:27:09 +0300 Alexander Belchenko <bialix at>:

> Ivan Maidanski:
> > Mon, 31 May 2010 08:08:30 +0300 Alexander Belchenko <bialix at>:
> > 
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> I've encountered couple of typos in cord.h while reading it. I've
> >> decided to fix them because it took me some time to understand the
> >> text, because I'm not native English speaker.
> > 
> > cord is an outdated stuff (and not maintained/updated for a long time), IMHO. Should we really care of something (typos, warnings, K&R style, etc.) except for serious bugs in it?
> I'm sorry but there is link from main page in the following text:
> The garbage collector distribution includes a C string (cord) package 
> that provides for fast concatenation and substring operations on long 
> strings. A simple curses- and win32-based editor that represents the 
> entire file as a cord is included as a sample application.
> So, why the main page don't say anything about cord as outdated stuff?

Because the accompanying documentation needs refining ;).
I guess, cord API is mostly stable since mid 90's.
At present, cord:
- is mostly just a demo app using GC;
- exists for compatibility;
- is used for GC testing.

> If you don't want to merge my patch, it's OK for me.
> But maybe it's worth to update at least main page?

I'd prefer someone to update the docs (which would say the maintenance for cord is discontinued unless a severe bug is found in it).

Hans -
if you think it would be good to apply this patch, not a big deal to me, I'll do.

> Alexander

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