[Rd] What is the logic behind sys-common, sys-unix et.al. ?

Thomas Hoffmann Thomas Hoffmann" <thoffman@zappa.sax.de
Fri, 01 Jun 01 21:01:39 +0100

I try to understand how the system specifics are organised in R.

My understanding was that (citing system.txt):

 *	sys-common.c  has code common to the unix/gnome/gnuwin32 ports
 *	sys-unix.c    has code common to the unix/gnome ports
 *	system.c      has interface-specific code

But now I see that unix/sys-common contains unix and Win32 specific code which is selected via

Another question is who carries the sys-common file? If it is "common", why does a specific
system subdir (unix, that is) carry this file? 

I know that there are historical reasons for that, but is there a "plan" for reorganising this stuff, now 
that there is at least a third class of systems (macintosh) involved?

Another question is: Should the graphics interfaces be connected to the systems in a 1:1 fashion?
I have a test build of R-1.2.3 for OS/2 an my hard disk which is able to use a Presentation Manager
and a X11 graphics device: X11 is a 1:1 copy of the unix/X11 files. (And I assume "that new Macs" I
do not know anything about can display X11, too. And for Win32 exist X11 servers ...)

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