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RE: isn't variance adjusted patching horribly dangerous?

From: Sander Striker <striker_at_apache.org>
Date: 2003-04-10 19:06:33 CEST

> From: Karl Fogel [mailto:kfogel@newton.ch.collab.net]
> Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2003 6:13 PM

> I feel like this whole discussion of whether variance-adjusted
> patching is "dangerous" or not is something of a useless tangent right
> now.
> The paper itself points out that the algorithm may be overeager for
> some use cases, and recommends attaching "selectivity knobs" to the
> various steps in the algorithm, to avoid this overeagerness when
> appropriate. If you're versioning wedding invitations, then turn the
> knobs down; for code, turn them up.
> As to where the knobs' defaults should be, that's a question that can
> be settled by experience and/or debate when the feature is actually
> available. There are a lot more important things to be worrying about
> than this right now, even just in the area of improved merge support.


That having said, those knobs really aren't rocket science and frankly
easily implemented.

Improved merge support proposal comming up in about an hour...


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