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Re: Password file with over 3000 users.

On Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 09:05:01AM +1000, Craig Sanders wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 05:03:54AM -0400, Roberto C. Sánchez wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 06:25:01PM +1000, Craig Sanders wrote:
> > > changing something that will break things for the majority in order
> > > to cater for a miniscule minority (embedded systems developers) is a
> > > ludicrous proposition. it makes no sense at all.
> > > 
> > So, you would be in favor not improving the compilers or fixing compiler
> > bugs?  
> thanks for the stupid straw-man argument. it highlights the irrational
> thinking behind the proposal to replace bash with dash.
Actually, my statement is a natural extension of yours.  Especially when
you consider that many compiler bugs persist for years and many
developers grow to "depend" on them.  In such a case, things would break
for the majority (the developers who depend on buggy behavior) to cater
to the minority (the developers who wish to have a more cleanly
implemented compiler).  Of course, if you don't really believe what you
are saying, then please feel free to admit it.

> > I mean there are C and C++ "features" that are in violation of the
> > spec or which are clearly buggy behavior.  But of course, we shoud
> fixing actual bugs is completely different from arbitrarily breaking
> things for no good reason.
Really?  What of the situation I mentioned above.  To the affected
developers, fixing such a bug would certainly seem arbitrary.
Additionally, you fail to define "no good reason".  I think that the
reasons to replace bash with dash are all perfectly good: to promote
portability, use fewer resources and be more standards compliant.

Now, if those are not good reasons to you, then I would venture that
your priorities are misplaced or that you think that the developers of
an operating system ought to listen to you simply because you throw a
little tantrum over not liking their decisions.



Roberto C. Sánchez

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