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Takaaki T. (Guest)
on 2006-01-06 17:12
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[ruby-dev:28087] test(?-, file1, file2)

  Akira T. asked what is correct behavior of  test(?-, file1,
  According to the online manual, this method checks whether file1 is a
  hard link to file2. But in fact it returns true when file1 is a
  link to file2. Nakada answered the current specification of the
  should be kept since it is the same as that of "test -ef".

[ruby-dev:28095] ruby 1.8.4 preview3
[ruby-dev:28118] ruby 1.8.4 released

  Matz announsed third preview version of ruby-1.8.4 in
  and then released ruby-1.8.4 a few days after.

[ruby-dev:28109] Kernel#fail

  Shyouhei U. proposed that Kernel#fail should be abolished.
  However, some people use it instead of raise. One of the reason
  is that they want to use a method name "raise" in their library.

[ruby-dev:26743] zsuper in a method with optional arg

  Hiroshi N. found that behavior of "super" in ruby-1.8 is
  different from ruby-1.9 when "initialize" of a sub-class is
  called without optional parameters.

    class Base
      def initialize(p1, p2 = 1)
        p [p1, p2]
    class Derived < Base
      def initialize(p1, p2 = 2)

  The behavior of ruby-1.9 is close to that in Matz's mind. However,
  he decided to fix the behavior of ruby-1.9 from the results of a
  discussion relating to [ruby-dev:23973].

[ruby-dev:28107] Process.exec

  Minero A. suggested a new method "Process.exec" and posted a patch
  that implements "exec", since Process has "fork" but doesn't have
  His patch has been merged.

[ruby-dev:28127] Intel C++ Compiler and HP aC++/ANSI on IA64

  Akira T. posted a patch so that we can build ruby-1.9 using Intel
  Compiler with the option -O0 and can run it on IA64. He then wrote
  he successfully built using HP aC++/ANSI C, but 'make test-all' didn't
  well. His patch was merged to ruby-1.9.
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