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Re: Latest Glibc from CVS has segmentation problems.

On Mar 7, 2004, at 3:16 PM, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:

   It seems that such reports of errors and omissions in INSTALL are
   no longer welcome. In fact, I almost wonder if the user community
   would be better served by replacing the entire contents of INSTALL
   with "Don't", possibly followed by "And if you absolutely must,
   copy what the distribution makers do."

They are quite welcome, when someone sends a patch for them, not when
someone bitches about it without doing any work.  Nobody has even
tried to update the INSTALL here, or actually suggested improvements
for it.

No, I don't believe that's true, for several reasons:

- the INSTALL document said to _report_ errors and omissions, which to me implies less than a patch. (Even just a "I don't understand X; please clarify the manual.") Ulrich's email (broadly) listed many differences between the current best practices and the INSTALL document and noted his unwillingness to take the time to put them into that document.

- Ulrich mentioned in his last email an external website. I think the key reason he was more amenable to that was that it was something other people could change constantly (and eventually give up on, if he's correct) without his involvement at all. He's quite thorough about reviewing patches before applying, so this is significantly less work for him.

- I've previously sent in a patch to the manual pages and been ignored. (Which are clearly relevant to a broader base of users than the INSTALL document.) Maybe my patch was no good or I submitted it in the wrong way, but I'd at least taken the effort to prepare one. Without even knowing why it was ignored, I will never do so again, and I'm not about to suggest to anyone else that they waste their time in a similar way.


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