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From Paul Richards <>
Subject Re: $Id$ considered harmful
Date Thu, 26 Sep 1996 14:57:43 GMT
Tom Tromey <> writes:

> I doubt users frequently look into bugs deeply enough to realize that
> they are in version xxx of file yyy.  Instead you're more likely to
> get a report about a bug in "Apache 1.2".  This information implicitly
> contains the version number of every file.

If you're discussing bugs with people who are tracking the
inter-release sources then the only way of knowing what they're
running is from the $Id$ strings. They don't need to be in releases,
we could use export to do releases as far as I'm concerned. It's for
development that they're useful.

> At least, this is true for the base distribution.  For standalone
> modules, things might be different -- but I don't care much about this
> case.

For modules it provides a de-facto version number of that module (as
long as modules stay in one file, this seems to have just changed).

  Paul Richards. Originative Solutions Ltd.  (Netcraft Ltd. contractor)
  Elsevier Science TIS online journal project.
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