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Subject: Re: [boost] Library Maintainence - was 5 Observations ....
From: Steven Watanabe (watanabesj_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-03-25 12:48:35


Robert Ramey wrote:
> This would be a really bad idea in my opinion - for more than one reason.
> Very often, what users characterise as "bugs" are really one of the
> following:
> * error in user's code
> * misunderstanding of error / warning messages
> * result of choices made by the developers in the course of making tradeoffs
> between legimate optoins.
> * intentional features of the design which are not appreciated by the
> "fixer"
> In summary, many of the proposed "bug fixes" are not bugs but something
> else and the proponent doesn't understand this.
> almost all changes have or can have unexpected side effects in places
> totally unexpected by the naive maintainer.

As someone who does periodically apply fixes to
unmaintained libraries, I completely agree with
this statement. Writing a good patch is generally
not a trivial task. I think I'm pretty meticulous and
I still make mistakes sometimes.

In Christ,
Steven Watanabe

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