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It must be admitted that terminal output buffering is not critical on a 10
MIPS (not even the current state of the art) single-user workstation the way
it was on the PDP 11/45 of Unix's ancestry. I think the standard wisdom on
this issue is becoming outdated.
I stand corrected, by both Aubrey and Will.
Still, I think it would be unfortunate if explicit flush-buffer calls were
added to the list of things a novice had to know about to write even the
simplest programs. Perhaps the MacScheme approach is adequate to prevent this.