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From "Jeff Tulley" <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] does not support inclusion of directories
Date Thu, 11 Oct 2001 21:49:27 GMT
Jason Brittain wrote:
>> The problem is that this is not backwards compatible and would break 
>> virtually every build file I use 
>Sounds to me like that's a problem with the way you
>are writing your build files.

>> so it will never make it in as is. 

>So because you are writing build files that break due to this
>bug you're not going to allow the bug to be fixed in the right
>way?  Uhh..

It is an unfortunate "fact of sofware life" that once something is released for a long while,
even if it was a bug, if a lot of people have coded to that bug, you usually need to let it
stand.  It would be just as bad or worse to break backwards compatibility.  So, even if it
is not according to spec, often it is better to change the spec, and add in the "fix" as a
non-default option, as Pete suggested.  

Unfortunate but unavoidable.

Jeff Tulley  (
Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software.

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