[Techtalk] Great Mistakes I Have Made
jenn at anthill.echidna.id.au
Tue Jan 29 03:11:04 EST 2002
On Tue, 2002-01-29 at 00:44, Telsa Gwynne wrote:
> Anyone for a techtalk thread of "Great Mistakes I Made" (and what
> happened next, and how it could have been avoided)? Keeping only
> to what we've done, rather than pulling off the stories on the
> net, perhaps, since a lot of those come from the "The stupid
> user had typed..." perspective.
The stupid user - me - had typed....
... up the entire Issues FAQ. In all its glory, with all the care not to
alienate men yet explain the things I was sick of explaining and
re-explaining. In docbook. With all the markup.
It was in a file called 'issues'.
I hit 'sgmltools -bps issues' (from memory). It ploughed through the
file. It produced a file called .. issues.
Because it then started working from its own output file, it died
partway through. I lost the lot. I hadn't even made a backup!
That day I:
* requested a sourceforge project
* set my .vimrc to automatically make a backup of everything I edited.
* started over.
"Do you ever wonder if there's a whole section of geek culture
you miss out on by being a geek?" - Dancer.
jenn at anthill.echidna.id.au http://anthill.echidna.id.au/~jenn/
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