[Python-Dev] PEP 385: the eol-type issue
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Aug 5 16:28:42 CEST 2009
Mark Hammond writes:
> I'm not sure what point you are trying to make, but I believe it *is*
> possible for a solution to be found here which will keep Windows users
> happy. I'm guessing you haven't had much practical experience with this
> problem, so probably don't see this is clearly as Windows users do.
Mercurial is not only open source, it's written in Python. The
problem is known to be hard in a practical sense, the existing
solutions (written by non-Windows developers, of course) are judged to
be insufficient by Windows users, and the non-Windows developers
"probably don't see this is clearly as Windows users do."
I think the implication is obvious. There will be no good solution
until Windows users develop it. I don't see a good reason to wait for
that. I do see good reason for non-Windows users to put up with some
inconvenience during the "beta" phase of implementing that solution;
it's important enough to be fast-tracked, and doesn't need to be
perfect for everybody to be tried (though it should not be allowed to
endanger repo content, which seems unlikely but needs care since it's
a potential disaster).
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