[Mailman-Developers] New LockFile.py

Dan Mick Dan.Mick@west.sun.com
Tue, 02 May 2000 15:15:00 -0700

bwarsaw@python.org wrote:
> >>>>> "DM" == Dan Mick <Dan.Mick@West.Sun.COM> writes:
>     >> "RJ" == Ron Jarrell <jarrell@vt.edu> writes:
>     >>  RJ> Unless the machine crashed, which is why you're fscking
>     >> the RJ> file system :-).  True, true.
>     DM> Setting dates in the future seems like a really bad idea to
>     DM> me...
> Can you elaborate?  Are you aware of specific problems?

The heat that will be generated in my brain when I try to use standard date-based
techniques to deal with such files....

No, I don't know of any current program that will or won't break.  But it's
certainly what I would call "violating a fundamental precept", and I don't
see why it's necessary; if we need some delta to a future time, the lock file can
always have contents.

It just strikes me as "too clever for its own good, to not very much advantage".