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Re: DEP-5 and files with white spaces

Am Mittwoch, den 01.02.2012, 14:56 -0800 schrieb Russ Allbery:
> Benjamin Drung <bdrung@debian.org> writes:
> > Am Mittwoch, den 01.02.2012, 14:49 -0800 schrieb Russ Allbery:
> >> Yeah, both of those were among the other syntax proposals that were
> >> suggested, and I think one of them was in the document at one point.
> >> Using backslash is probably the easiest, although it does make parsing
> >> the files harder.
> > IMHO allowing both would be the optimum. A real parser would have
> > problems with both, but a simplistic "parser" that just split the string
> > by spaces would have a problem.
> Yeah, that was, as I understand it, the motivation (to allow really simple
> parsers).

What is more important: A "good looking" copyright file or being
parsable by a dead simple, stupid parser? The proposed changes would
make the parser overly complex. 

> I don't know if it's worth revisiting this.  I can't say that I
> particularly liked the outcome we arrived at, but theoretical holes in
> standards bother me a lot (possibly more than they should).

I would call a theoretical hole a design bug.

Benjamin Drung
Debian & Ubuntu Developer

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