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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.

+1.

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

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

Sander

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