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Re: [edlug] tsort command

David McKelvie wrote:
> tsort = topological sort
>    Anyhow, that's where tsort came from.  To solve an old problem with
> the way the linker handled archive files, which has since been solved
> in different ways.

I'm aware that it served a purpose in seventies releases of UNIX.
That would be a good explanation if a legacy version was included in
some esoteric cross-platform-development package or other.

But no, the GNU Project decided that ptx and tsort needed to be
reimplemented and included in coreutils, a collection of "essential"
commandline tools that wasn't assembled in one package until 2003.

Maybe the decision was made by single transferable vote?

(Thanks, Alex!  Any suggestions for ptx?)
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