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Re: subversion client test suite

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2001-03-08 00:01:16 CET

Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU> writes:

> As a site integrator, I find it obnoxious when packages rely on perl
> for any part of the build or regression test procedure. (Regression
> tests are valuble to site integrators as well as developers.)

I don't understand your objection. Why is it obnoxious?

I mean, seriously, are there *any* systems out there that don't come
with perl pre-installed these days? Or, are there any site
integrators out there that don't use perl in *some* respect to do
their jobs (thereby guaranteeing that perl is available)?

It seems like you're worrying about extreme edge-cases.

Writing code in sh or C to examine the contents of SVN/ files runs the
risk of being extremely awkward and painful for all current and future
svn developers; whereas perl is the perfect tool for such a task.

The real issue is the trade-off here. Even if I grant you that an
perl-based test suite might annoy some small group of site
integrators, isn't this a far lesser evil than annoying all the svn
developers? (Remember that the regression tests will -most- often be
run (and written) by developers, which is a larger group IMO.)
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