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Date:      Sun, 08 Jul 2007 11:20:44 -0500
From:      Tim Daneliuk <tundra@tundraware.com>
To:        Lowell Gilbert <freebsd-questions-local@be-well.ilk.org>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Enabling A Serial Port On 6.2
Message-ID:  <46910EDC.10901@tundraware.com>
In-Reply-To: <44hcof9dkm.fsf@Lowell-Desk.lan>
References:  <469056DE.40902@tundraware.com> <46908257.8060209@tundraware.com> <44hcof9dkm.fsf@Lowell-Desk.lan>

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Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> Tim Daneliuk <tundra@tundraware.com> writes:
> 
>> But ... the entry did not end with a newline and init apparently thus didn't
>> recognize it.  Ending the line made everything happy.  I am submitting
>> this as a (very minor) bug, since I do not believe this to be correct
>> behavior (but what do I know ;) ...
> 
> That's perfectly normal and age-old behaviour.  Part of the definition
> of a "line" of text is that it ends in a newline...

Hmm  - while I acknowledge that I've seen this problem before (I've used
some variant of Unix since the late 1970s and FreeBSD since 2.x), whether
it is "perfectly normal" is arguable.  I suspect that there are a great
many places - shell scripts and C source code leap to mind - where the
lack of a terminating newline at the end of a file does not cause the
line to be ignored altogether.  I rather think this is an "age-old" bug
that never got fixed because of its minor importance.  In any case,
i've authored a PR to make note of it.  If I ever get the time, I'll
dig into the source myself and see if I can figure out where the wheels are
coming off...

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