> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Allow me to rephrase.
> Subversion has been self-hosting for well over a year now, and
> while there *has* been some downtime caused by the administrators
> screwing up the binary linkage during an upgrade cycle, and while
> there *are* some bits of non-versioned meta-information that we
> don't currently store (but which are important for Tom Lord's
> personal--and IMO, suspect--agenda for Subversion), our repository
> has never suffered a scenario whereby someone committed changes to
> versioned resources in the repository which were lost.
> 'Zat make you feel all warm and squooshy inside, Tom? Hey, I know,
> why don't you take this opportunity to push Arch on the guy using the
> Subversion development list? It's never stopped you before.
Hey, I wouldn't recommend arch for that guy, either. Not at _this_
stage. Not without a lot of qualifications about what kinds of
instabilities he would have to expect. I've (long ago) advised those
commercial deployments of arch of which I'm aware to take suitable
precautions and dedicate sufficient resources to be able to cope with
such instabilities. So your gratuitous character assination is noted,
but not particularly relevant (to arch).
But yeah, your rephrasing sounds sufficiently qualified and wormy that
I think, if passed along to an intelligent "boss", it would
communicate the right message. I'd have been more impressed (as would
an intelligent "boss", i think) if you'd said something like "There's
such and such issues about which we have vague ideas but, honestly,
don't know how it's going to turn out." But (paraphrasing), your
statement that "Some guy we have a habit of trying to discredit
because he's working on a competing system and is critical of our
design, even while trying to point out ways to resolve the criticisms,
has tried to point out some issues but we ignore him and encourage
people to think he's an ass" -- well, that'll do. Sums it up pretty
Oh, please be sure to follow up with "He sends messages that are too
long so we don't bother trying to follow them."
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Received on Mon Apr 21 23:02:07 2003