[racket-dev] DrRacket PF1 Search Bug?

From: Stephen De Gabrielle (spdegabrielle at gmail.com)
Date: Fri Nov 21 18:43:33 EST 2014

Would bringing a browser view into DrRacket be a third way, or would that
be no different?
(That said the native win OS and apple OS 'help' browser viewers aren't
exactly inspiring - are they a fourth option?)

On Fri, 21 Nov 2014 at 21:26 Robby Findler <robby at eecs.northwestern.edu>

> On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM, Eli Barzilay <eli at barzilay.org> wrote:
> > On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM, Robby Findler
> > <robby at eecs.northwestern.edu> wrote:
> >>
> >> Oh, my apologies. I thought you meant something different.
> >>
> >> Yes, this works.
> >
> > Ah, in this case, the patch that I sent earlier should work fine.
> > (I could do a pull request, but it should really be tested...)
> >
> >> I don't have a good idea which is the better approach now.
> >
> > [Bear in mind that I don't really know what the issue with the file
> > permissions is (looks more like some security attributes):]
> >
> > I think that playing with such attributes is a worse option -- it's
> > something that I'm not sure would work in all settings (but see above),
> > and if there is a way to make it work now, it might not be possible in
> > the future.  The trampoline approach is relatively robust and well
> > behaved.  There is a minor price of these temporary files, but they do
> > get cleaned out (whenever `send-url/contents' is called), so it should
> > settle on a small number that will not grow indefinitely[*], so this is
> > not a problem.
> >
> > Also, on the "it's already there" side -- this trampoline approach is
> > already there for the windows version, and it's needed for the
> > `xdg-open' thing anyway, so abstracting it into a new (internal)
> > function makes sense already, so in terms of additional code there's no
> > cost for doing the mac version too.
> >
> >
> > ([*] It might be a problem if, for example, your cat sits on the f1 key
> > and the os doesn't take the focus away from drracket...  It might be
> > useful to change it from using a random temp file to a name based on a
> > hash of the forwarded url, which will further minimize the number of
> > files.)
> Oh, absolutely. The two candidates are the trampoline approach and the
> "just move the documentation files over into the user space as if a
> package had been installed".
> I guess the latter is better because it means there will be more
> homogeneity in the sets of files and whatnot, such that these kinds of
> bugs will be less likely to be unnoticed by in house folk. That is, I
> never noticed this problem because my documentation is already in the
> user-specific place because I build from source. The other option will
> make our users operate more like how my drracket operates.
> Robby
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