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Re: Spinning off the bindings

From: Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 20:03:54 +0000

On Tue, Feb 03, 2009 at 05:40:52PM -0800, Greg Stein wrote:
> I think we should integrate them *more*. Get more developers building
> and running the tests. Right now, they're a second class citizen, and
> I believe that's a problem.

Yes, you are right from a theoretical point of view, but:

I used to build them regularly, but they failed often enough
that I just stopped to bother. Mail I sent to dev@ about such
issues would mostly go unanswered for days or weeks. Once, someone
in the OpenBSD community (note, not from here!) found a fix for a
bindings problem a couple of weeks after I had already reported
the issue to our lists (the fix was to upgrade swig to a newer
version, something I had not tried).

If the maintainers are not active enough so that the bindings unbreak
quickly, people working on core libraries will natually tend to just
ignore the bindings during their daily work, because it's too

It's a simple man-power problem, we cannot fix it by asking more
people to build the bindings and run tests. We need more people
who know how to fix the problems that keep popping up in the bindings,
and are willing to do so when the problems pop up.

I don't know how to fix them myself when they break, and so far it
has not been in my interest to invest the time to learn how to do so.

Received on 2009-02-04 21:04:18 CET

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