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Re: crash when fetching status

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-11-05 16:04:12 CET

Folker Schamel <schamel23@spinor.com> writes:
> I don't see how fixing the crash itself as suggested by Steve or Julian
> does have bad consequences for the long term.
> You still can - and have to! - find the real underlaying bug.

I understand what you're saying. But masking the underlying bug
*does* reduce our ability to find the bug, because once it's masked,
users will encounter it less often, thus reducing our chances of
getting a reproduction recipe.

Of course, any developer can undo the mask fix and probe for the real
bug, but that requires running a modified Subversion all the time.
This is impractical and unscalable -- what if there are multiple such
masks to undo? In practice, we depend on the user community for
reproduction recipes.

In this case, it seems Philip managed to conjure up the bug just by
thinking ("He fixes radios by thinking!"). But if he hadn't done
that, the short-term/long-term tradeoff would be a real concern.

I hope this helps explain it better.


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