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Re: [PATCH] mime-type detection "improvement"

From: Matthew Hambley <matthew_at_aether.demon.co.uk>
Date: 2003-07-11 19:06:32 CEST

In message <85n0fns80x.fsf@newton.ch.collab.net>
          kfogel@collab.net wrote:

> Matthew Hambley <matthew@aether.demon.co.uk> writes:
> > If you want it to be, (accepted) vote for it. I don't think it's right
> > for the author to vote for their pach so I haven't. The fact that I
> > wrote the patch should be considered an implicit vote for it.
> >
> > > * Making 1233 work on all platforms only requires minor changes
> >
> > Making it work on all *nix platform only requires minor changes.
> > Making it work on other platforms will require some extra work although
> > hopefully not too much.
> Voting for the patch won't hurt, but note that there's no formal
> system where the top vote-getters get checked in or anything.

I appreciate that but as you say, voting gives guidance as to what is
considered a Good Thing.

> I guess I'm -0 on this feature going in before 1.0. There's a high
> likelihood that some bugs (albeit minor ones) will sprout from such a
> large and system-dependent change, and developers will have to spend
> time finding and fixing those bugs. Meanwhile, there's no compelling
> reason why it needs to be in 1.0 -- it's not as if CVS does this.

Is there an ETA on version 1.0? When comments like this are made I get the
impression it's soon but the regular stream of new versions sporting ever
more new features suggests we are far from a stable release.

While I appreciate the argument that Subversion 1.0 should do what CVS does
I think this is a relatively simple extension which turns the ability to
browse the repository with a web browser from a curio into something which
could be a positive advantage.

> Don't get me wrong, I think it's a good feature. But if we're going
> to get to 1.0, we have to draw the line somewhere, and IMHO this kind
> of enhancement falls on the other side of that line.

You're the people with the keys to the source. We can't force you to do
anything you don't want to.

> Sorry if that's discouraging... My hope is that this will motivate
> people to tackle pre-1.0 bugs instead of coming up with new features,
> so that we can get to the fun stuff sooner :-).

Unfortunately I find myself in a position where time is in short supply so
I have to be fired up to commit to some work. Bug squashing just doesn't
do it for me as I get enough of that at work. :-(

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