[GRASS-dev] WinGRASS r.cats missing

Hamish hamish_b at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 26 07:25:44 EDT 2008

marco.pasetti wrote:
> some days ago a user reported me that r.cats is missing in WinGRASS, at
> it seemed very *strange* to me, because r.cats is not listed in
> error.log... but it's actually missing! Right now I'm building RC6 and
> I checked the *make instructions flow* to find out why... and I found
> as follows:
> ln -s -f r.category
> /usr/local/src/grass-6.3.0RC6/dist.i686-pc-mingw32/bin/r.cats
> ln: creating symbolic link
> `/usr/local/src/grass-6.3.0RC6/dist.i686-pc-mingw32/bin/r.cats' to
> `r.category': No such file or directory
> what should I do?

r.cats was renamed r.category -- just use the new name.
For backwards compatibility a symbolic link to the old name is created,
but I guess those don't work in MS Windows. If someone cares about that
they'll have to figure out how to make Windows shortcuts instead of UNIX
'ln -s'.

> OT: I just add a little OT here, and never post about that in the
> future. Even if I felt very sad by the behaviour of some persons in the
> list, I'll continue to contribuite to the GRASS community. I'm not so
> *smart* as the others in the dev-team, but I just wanted to
> contribute... some friends tell me that I'm *crazy* to always work for
> FREE in dev-communities as I'm used to, but I do it because I like it
> and I believe in OpenSource... BTW, some hard *sentences* against me
> and what I did, let me think that, probably, my friends are right!

hey, I don't think anyone was really meaning to insult you personally,
and many here will thank you for your help. Don't mistake the refusal of
a patch or idea or whatever with a judgment on your ability, it is
usually just a comment on how well the gift fits in with the project as a
whole. An "easy" solution, even if it works well, will often be rejected
if it is known deep-down not to be the "right" solution. Otherwise after
a while we would end up with a giant pile of bandages but still bleed to
death, if you get my meaning. So it is really a matter of self-discipline
in an attempt to maintain the highest standards, which can sound harsh
but really isn't so.

Actually I have always been very impressed by the maturity and absence of
flame wars/egos on the grass lists as opposed to other mailing lists and
forums I have followed. It's one of the main reasons I've stuck around.

see the section in the mailing list etiquette wiki page which discusses
"growing a thick skin". it helps :) just try to throw out some ideas,
some wil be good and stick, some will be bad and won't. shrug, don't take
it personally- better to spend that energy/time on new ideas.


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