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SubjectRe: Profanity in the Linux Kernel?!?!?
On Tue, Jun 08, 1999 at 11:33:26PM -0600, Kelley Spoon wrote:
> On 8 Jun 1999, Scott Jaderholm wrote:
> > It seems to me that if you are trying to make an OS that is going to be
> > used by the masses you would try and present yourselves as best as
> > possible. Using profanity to document your code doesn't seem all that
> > appealing to me, but I don't know about others.
> > Is it really necessary? Someone could easily put "messed up" in place
> > of it.
> Someone else brought up the point about censoring work other people
> contributed, and I agree with that. I have absolutely no problem
> with a developer calling a spade a spade.
> However. For those with delicate sensibilities, I present a humble
> patch made against the 2.2.9 kernel source. It merely adds a make
> rule that calls a fairly lame shell script to replace the naughty
> words with something a little more Donna Reed.
> Chance that it breaks something important: high
> Chance that it catches all the bad words : low
> But it should be enough to get you started on leading the project
> to wash out the kernel source's mouth with soap.
> cp repent.patch /usr/src/linux
> cd /usr/src/linux
> patch -p1 < repent.patch
> make repent
> And rest easy knowing that you're one of the elite few who are
> running a saintly Linux kernel that will probably throw errors
> at you left and right as you try to compile it.
> Take it easy,
> --
> Kelley Spoon <>

And what about a patch to internationalize the output strings ?
Should it keep "profanity" expressions :-) (not every end user
is able to fully appreciate english "profanity").

Thierry Danis
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