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Re: Trivial patches?

From: Gareth McCaughan <gareth.mccaughan_at_pobox.com>
Date: 2005-07-12 00:42:16 CEST

I wrote:

> > 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.
> >
> > :-)

Karl replied:

> Yes, I think that chain of logic is reasonable :-).

Further observation: In the really long term[1], Subversion's
source code will oscillate between having very few comments
in the typos and having the aforementioned threshold
density. On average, it will have half that density.
That might suck too. :-)

    [1] Long enough to encompass several cycles of
        typo accumulation and fixing.

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