3.9-7061 showstopper bug - Mantis #5231
denker at iam.unibe.ch
Sun Oct 15 09:05:02 UTC 2006
On 14.10.2006, at 14:33, Scott Wallace wrote:
> The bug was not only present in 3.8, it was already present in 3.7.
> It arrived in update "5706KCP170CompilerPrtclRefactor", in a method
> timestamped "NS 1/28/2004". So, amazingly, the community has been
> tolerating this showstopping bug in its "stable" releases for more
> than 2.5 years.
> I personally was unwilling to live with the bug for even a day,
> once I encountered it; so for me, as for Tim, this was a
> showstopper, no irony intended. Not only can the .changes file
> get quickly filled with arbitrarily large amounts of arbitrary
> text, but the unformatted logging of arbitrary text causes havoc
> with attempts of the ChangeList browser to parse chunks from
> the .changes file. So to me this was a completely intolerable bug.
> I quickly tracked down the cause to the "Kernel Cleaning Project,"
> in the change-set mentioned above. I couldn't immediately devise
> an obvious, elegant fix, but I did settle on a workaround that did
> the job, however unappetizingly. Since that time there have been
> two further advances on the method, one for TinLizzie (for Tweak
> compatibility) and the latest for OLPC.
> I attach the fileout that constitutes the latest OLPC incarnation
> of this method, which is more robust than the Squeakland version.
> I don't know how this would integrate with 3.9 -- Marcus must have
> had good reasons for not porting it 3.9 -- but I offer it FWIW.
No, there was no good reason... just a lack of energy.
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