[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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