I feel responsible to some extent for what happened here.
The name "eloi", based on The Time Machine Wells novel is a
sarcasm. I know my sarcasms offend people and I indeed use them
with such intention. But not in the sense "You are not at my
(intellectual) level" but in the sense "You can do it
(ethically) better". But it's not exactly about ethics either.
A lot of clever, cultivated persons fall in constructing their
thinking on fake bases because it's more comfortable or easy to
evade or to ignore the real cause of some problems or because
they don't feel confident enough or because the real cause of
the problem has no solution.
From the scientist point of view the lack of proves about the
existence of something is not a proof of its no existence.
That's why Atheism (like most words ended with "ism") is just
one more religion. Arguing about the existence of God is not
science deal. Science is against religious people behavior just
in that science never ever assume anything in an *absolutist*
way. Assuming something like a True and force others to eat it
is the typical religious people behavior (religions play well
with dictatorships). That behavior was the target of my
criticism. Religion was not the subject, I've talked about
religion in a metaphoric way.
And that behavior was the target of other sarcasm I did on other
thread about statistics (referred to an old dialog I had with
Now about my post:
I've never thought it's a bug report or a bug fix. I've posted
what I *guess* is a *workaround* not a solution. The symptoms
of that corrupted econdings.dir entries are several and
manifested in different ways on several X apps, furthermore utf8
compatibilities issues is an old no ended history, that's why I
judged not convenient to fill three pages here about it and
advised to search on internet. I *guess* that the issue is at
install time because reinstalling the individual font package
doesn't fix it.
So my question: "Can it be considered a bug report in Slackware
folklore?" was rhetorical and not exclusively about the above
issue (sorry if I was not clear on that, my fault). Based on my
logic and common sense (I am not stating Slackware rules or LQ
rules or trying to force nobody to fit in my ideas) a bug report
and/or a bug fix should not be a forum post intended to help
other users but addressed directly to maintainers, then
maintainers must not spend time searching them between chat,
popularity contests, jokes, "who write the more elegant code" IQ
tests, logical proof about God existence inquiries, flame wars,
So the way it should be understood my rhetorical question is:
"If I am not wrong in my *guessing*, it should be the maintainer
of the Slackware installer the right one to investigate this
issue and find a real solution".
Sorry for the misunderstood, my fault.