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Re: [PATCH] Optionally use deltas in dumpfiles

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2004-04-02 03:26:14 CEST

On Thu, 2004-04-01 at 20:16, Ben Reser wrote:
> We had discussed this on IRC in the past. Several people (though I
> don't remember who all) thought it was a good idea. I think it's a good
> idea. The intention was to take and start making boolean's into bit
> flags on new APIs and when we get around to 2.0 replace existing boolean
> API's with bit flag APIs.

I guess I'm not terribly sanguine about this idea because:

  * Boolean flags are only one type of argument, so this only allows one
type of compatible extension, covering maybe 25% of API extensions (just
kind of estimating based on the number of extensions we've made so far).

  * It makes all of the APIs which take boolean flags (including the
majority which we'll never extend) more heavyweight, in terms of the
verbiage necessary to describe and use them.

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