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Re: Linux Kernel Summit

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2001-04-03 07:33:36 CEST

> Sure, some open source authors may conclude that repository
> corruption is not a concern for them, but I would have expected that
> most would find their data quite valuable even if they can't
> establish a monetary value for it.

My point is you have to measure the cost of a precaution against the
risk you're taking by not having it. Disks fail all the time (so you
need backups), but they subtly corrupt data extremely rarely. If you
have "billions of dollars of IP" in your repository, you definitely
want to guard against that possibility even if it's not supposed to be
the application's job; if your data is of only moderate value, then
maybe it's not worth it. Certainly, CVS and thousands of other
applications have been not doing it for ages and there hasn't been a
big hue and cry.

Whatever. We were already planning to do it, I'm not arguing strongly
against it, we don't need to argue about it any more.
Received on Sat Oct 21 14:36:27 2006

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