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From Paul Sutton <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Configure to say how to make Configuration
Date Tue, 02 Dec 1997 16:29:40 GMT
On Mon, 1 Dec 1997, Marc Slemko wrote:
> No.  The idea is that with a source distribution, there is no reason to
> include extraneous modules because all they do is add bloat and bugs.  The
> only reason they are included with a binary distribition is because of the
> idea that if someone can't get a C compiler, they aren't likely to be
> overly concerned about bloat and the tradeoff is acceptable.  There is no
> need to make any such tradeoff when they can compile it themself.  

Not sure I agree with this. Turning it around, you seem to be saying... 
"if you can't be arsed to get a C compiler, you obviously don't care about
performance or reliablity". Surely there are plenty of people who do care
about the latter but aren't really inclined to fiddle with C compilers. 

Just look at NT system admins. They rarely have C compilers, but want a
fast and reliable OS....  Um, but they run NT. Hey I think this proves
your point. Oh well, I think I'll implode now. 


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