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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-11-01 10:12:37

Beman Dawes wrote:

> It is very useful and a sign of good software engineering if a test
> case accompanies a bug fix. But patch submitters don't always have
> enough
> time or knowledge of a library's test setup to submit test cases. I'd
> rather fixes be prioritized based on severity rather than whether or
> not they come with a test case.

Fixing a bug without adding a test case is very shortsighted. It's not
uncommon for bug fixes to be lost from release to release, and regressions
to be introduced, both caused by insufficient test coverage.

The main reason to submit a patch instead of just a bug report is to help
the developer; if there's no test case in the patch, I'm not helped by it
since I still need to do most of the work.

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