[squeak-dev] Class var order in Monticello (bogus dirty packages)
bert at freudenbergs.de
Tue Aug 11 16:44:28 UTC 2009
On 11.08.2009, at 18:21, Eliot Miranda wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 9, 2009 at 4:36 PM, Andreas Raab <andreas.raab at gmx.de>
>> Hi -
>> I have noticed several times that Monticello sometimes reports a
>> different order of class variables than the one that's in the image
>> and I think I finally found out what causes it. The problem seems
>> to be that the MCClassDefinition is constructed from a Set of class
>> var names (i.e., Delay classVarNames => a Set(#TimerEventLoop
>> #SuspendedDelays #TimingSemaphore #ActiveDelayStartTime
>> #ActiveDelay #FinishedDelay #ScheduledDelay #RunTimerEventLoop
>> #AccessProtect) derived from the class' classPool.
>> The thing is, the order in that class pool can differ. When you add
>> or remove class var names, the names can get shuffled around and
>> there is no telling what the exact enumeration order will be. Once
>> the order is different it's a real pain because Monticello will
>> always report differences but without a way to correct the issue.
>> I'm wondering what possible fixes might be. In particular
>> considering that reordering the class var names will mark any
>> packages dirty for the same reasons.
> The fix we implemented at Cadence was to sort the classVars array
> when initializing an MCClassDefinition, which has the advantage of
> being really simple, but the downside of producing false positives
> for packages that have been stored with unsorted class vars. But
> this isn't the full fix. One should also sort the pool n ames. Fix
> I think this is a better approach than ignoring sort order when
> comparing because it mimics the treatment of class definitions in
> the system, where class var names and pool names are also sorted.
It's not "better" but simply half of the solution, if we go by the "be
generous on input, strict on output" rule. That is, always store
sorted from now on, but accept unsorted (older) packages.
- Bert -
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