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Date: Tue, 16 Oct 90 17:38:37 EDT
From: orgren@RTC.Reston.Unisys.COM (Paul Orgren)
[stuff about TV:NOTIFY source deleted]
Just having gone through loading Genera 8.0, I would argue that the
"Restore Distribution" is about the most brain-dead part. We have
only 3600-class machines here, with neither the need nor the file
space to store Ivory-only files. To de-select .IBIN files and
Ivory-only systems took about 10 seconds per individual file and
50-90 seconds per complete system; it also took 20 to 30 seconds
just to go the next page. All of this had to be done manually;
it took over 2 hours just to specify that we did not want any Ivory-
specific files restored from the tape!
In SYS:DISTRIBUTION;RESTORE-SPECIFIERS.LISP (which happens to be in
the "general" sources) you'll find the code which actually restores
files. In order to exclude all .IBIN files you could put a simple ADVICE
around the function which restores single files.
I admit that it is Symbolics' job to give the "Restore Distribution" a
better functionality, but nevertheless it's against the spirit of a
lispm to manually hack selections for two hours -- you are expected to
patch the sources instead ;-)
Regarding brain dead parts of Genera -- how about Flame-Up?