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Re: Trivial patches?

From: Gareth McCaughan <gareth.mccaughan_at_pobox.com>
Date: 2005-07-10 02:22:39 CEST

Karl Fogel wrote:

> Careful, those are two different practices there.
> Yes, a patch should be about one thing, and not include unrelated changes.
> No, a patch for a 1 character typo is not necessarily worth the time.

(Context suggests that "necessarily" could be replaced with
"ever, except perhaps in a few exceptional cases".)

Corollary: No single-character typo will ever be fixed,
unless something else in the same vicinity requires changing.

Further corollary: Comments in Subversion's source code
will, over time, approach a state where the density of
single-character typos is just barely low enough that
no patch small and local enough to be "about one thing"
fixes enough of them to be worth while.

Remark: That would suck.

Perhaps when it reaches this state someone will make
a single patch that fixes hundreds of little typos, and
that can be considered to be "about one thing", namely
fixing typos.


Gareth McCaughan
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