I was doing some list maintenance and just realised a potential problem
with version 2.0. According to something that was posted here a while
back (by Jason I think), the lists will be kept in binary format for
faster processing speed. The problem with this is that I find myself
using grep and similar tools a lot to track down bad addresses, and if I
lose that capability it may cost me a lot more time than the use of
binary files will save me.
So two questions (aside from the obvious one of whether I got the story
(1) Will the ASCII format still be supported? I think that this was
mentioned, but I didn't make a careful note when the message passed by.
(2) Will something equivalent to grep work on the binary files?
Bill Silvert, Habitat Ecology Section, Bedford Institute of Oceanography,
P. O. Box 1006, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA B2Y 4A2, Tel. (902)426-1577