a note on 9.10.0rc2: eleven, twelve; dig and delv(e)

Chris Thompson cet1 at cam.ac.uk
Sun Apr 27 18:36:22 UTC 2014

On Apr 25 2014, Doug Barton wrote:

>On 04/25/2014 02:25 PM, Evan Hunt wrote:
>> So, after consultation with the bottoms of one or two bottles, and
>> consideration of several alternative names (including "dredge", "bore",
>> "shovel" and -- taking it in a slightly different direction --
>> "groove") we decided to simply send the second 'e' in "delve" off to
>> wherever the one from creat() went.  The tool will now be called
>> "delv".  (I plan to continue pronouncing it the same way.)
>First, thanks for being considerate to the Xapian folks. However IMO 
>that's not a good solution. To start with, the "delve" name was a bit 
>silly, and didn't really trip off the tongue. Your proposed solution is 
>suboptimal from both a product differentiation and a tab completion 

I rather liked "delve", but the truncation to "delv" does indeed seem
suboptimal in those respects, and quite ugly as well. 

>If you(collectively) really cannot come up with a better name, why not 
>crowd-source it on the ISC home page? I'm not terribly good at clever 
>names for things like this, but I would vote for 'dq' (as in, DNS query) 
>which has the virtue of not matching anything in the Ubuntu "did you 
>mean?" database.

Oh please, not another two-letter command for the benefit only of the
digit-ally challenged...

Not to mention what http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DQ has to say...

Chris Thompson
Email: cet1 at cam.ac.uk

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