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Filed under: General — Thomas @ 9:25 am

2006-1-21
9:25 am

Once in a while I come across something that makes me laugh while doing stuff that is serious business.

One of the patches in the X.org rpm builds from Red Hat is named “xorg-redhat-die-ugly-pattern-die-die-die.patch”. Not too hard to guess what it does.

Here’s another thing that had me rub my eyes in an otherwise dry info manual:

For instance, this definition of macros:
...

     AC_DEFUN([TRAVOLTA],
     [test "$body_temperature_in_celsius" -gt "38" &&
       dance_floor=occupied])
     AC_DEFUN([NEWTON_JOHN],
     [test "$hair_style" = "curly" &&
       dance_floor=occupied])

     AC_DEFUN([RESERVE_DANCE_FLOOR],
     [if date | grep '^Sat.*pm' >/dev/null 2>&1; then
       AC_REQUIRE([TRAVOLTA])
       AC_REQUIRE([NEWTON_JOHN])
     fi])

with this `configure.ac'

     AC_INIT
     RESERVE_DANCE_FLOOR
     if test "$dance_floor" = occupied; then
       AC_MSG_ERROR([cannot pick up here, let's move])
     fi

will not leave you with a better chance to meet a kindred soul at other
times than Saturday night since it expands into:

...

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