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Re: Quick fix

  • From: Randy Bush
  • Date: Thu Mar 02 03:44:58 2000

there is a bug in your mail system.  it is regurgigating mail which, from
the content, is clearly from the mid '70s, but it seems to have current
dates in the header.

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> From: Bandy Rush <bandyrush@altavista.com>
> Subject: Quick fix
> 
> 
> I noticed that a number of individuals who post regularly to the NANOG mailing list have keyboards with malfunctioning shift keys.  Since working keyboards are so expensive, far beyond the financial means of most poorly-paid technical workers, I humbly offer the following Perl program, which you can use to filter your NANOG e-mail to correct capitalization errors (procmail should do the trick for that).  For example:
> 
>     i abhor cross-posting.  but sometimes ...
> 
> Gets converted to:
> 
>     I abhor cross-posting.  But sometimes ... 
> 
> It's not perfect, but it catches most occurrances.  If you have a slow computer, you probably want to disable the dictionary.  You can do this by setting @DICT_FILES=().  As is, it is configured to search for the word list in the default locations in Linux and Solaris.
> 
> And oh yes, it's a joke.  ;)
> 
> #!/usr/bin/perl -w  
>  
> # use good Perl form
> use strict;
> use English;
>  
> # location of plain-text word list
> my @DICT_FILES = ("/usr/dict/words", "/usr/share/lib/dict/words");
>  
> # slurp in all input  
> undef $INPUT_RECORD_SEPARATOR;
> my $input = <>;
> exit unless (defined($input));
>  
> # Fix end of paragraph
> $input =~ s/([a-z])(\n\n.)/$1.$2/g;
>  
> # Fix start of sentence
> $input =~ s/(\n\n+)([a-z])/$1\u$2/g;
> $input =~ s/(\.\s+)([a-z])/$1\u$2/g;
>  
> # Fix self-referental problems
> $input =~ s/(\b)i(\b)/$1I$2/g;
> $input =~ s/(\b)randy(\b)/$1Randy$2/g;
> $input =~ s/(\b)bush(\b)/$1Bush$2/g;
>  
> # Fix words that should be capitalized (based on the dictionary)
> $INPUT_RECORD_SEPARATOR = "\n";
> foreach my $dict_file (@DICT_FILES) {
>     if (open(DICT, "< $dict_file")) {
>         while (defined (my $uc_word=<DICT>)) {
>             if ($uc_word =~ /[A-Z]/) {
>                 chomp($uc_word);
>                 my $lc_word = lc($uc_word);
>                 $input =~ s/(\b)$lc_word(\b)/$1$uc_word$2/g;
>             }
>         }
>         last;
>     }
> }
>  
> # output our fixed text
> print $input;
>  
> # The author releases this software into the public domain.  
> 
> 
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