rc settings

There have been a lot of changes to the rc file of late, and I fear
these may be getting lost on users. It is not uncommon for me to see
someone launch mpl and get a host of rc warnings.

I think we should put these in API_CHANGES and announce them a little
more prominently in the release notes and on the user's list.

Cheers,
JDH

I'm probably the guilty party here, although I have tried to make visible
announcements on the users list and clear explanations in the CHANGELOG.

···

On Friday 24 February 2006 14:57, John Hunter wrote:

There have been a lot of changes to the rc file of late, and I fear
these may be getting lost on users. It is not uncommon for me to see
someone launch mpl and get a host of rc warnings.

I think we should put these in API_CHANGES and announce them a little
more prominently in the release notes and on the user's list.

Something else that might be useful is to put a RC file version number in the RC file itself (i.e. a version on the set of RC inputs that are there). This would allow MPL to check the version number of the RC file the user is inputting against the current number in the software. At the least, this allows for an error/warning message telling someone that there input is out of date. If you're more ambitious, you can write RC file version converters so that older versions are auto-converted (and maybe even auto-updated) to the current version when used.

Ted

···

At 09:49 AM 2/26/2006, Darren Dale wrote:

On Friday 24 February 2006 14:57, John Hunter wrote:
> There have been a lot of changes to the rc file of late, and I fear
> these may be getting lost on users. It is not uncommon for me to see
> someone launch mpl and get a host of rc warnings.
>
> I think we should put these in API_CHANGES and announce them a little
> more prominently in the release notes and on the user's list.

I'm probably the guilty party here, although I have tried to make visible
announcements on the users list and clear explanations in the CHANGELOG.

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