mailbox.mbox.add() sets access time as well as modification time

Steven D'Aprano steven at REMOVE.THIS.cybersource.com.au
Tue Apr 28 06:29:34 CEST 2009


On Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:19:51 +1200, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:

> In message <gt3a7k$8ds$1 at panix3.panix.com>, Aahz wrote:
> 
>> In article <gt0f2d$t52$1 at lust.ihug.co.nz>, Lawrence D'Oliveiro 
>> <ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
>>>
>>>It's only in the proprietary-software world that we need to worry about
>>>backward compatibility with old, obsolete software that the vendors
>>>cannot or will not fix. In the Free Software world, we fix the software
>>>to bring it up to date.
>> 
>> Are you volunteering to maintain trn3.6?
> 
> Either there are enough people using it to care about it, in which case
> somebody in the community will fix it, it or there are not, in which
> case it's not worth bothering with.


That's EXACTLY the same as the proprietary software world. Either there 
are enough people using it to care about it, in which case the vendor 
will fix it, it or there are not, in which case it's not worth bothering 
with.

Or, to put it another way... if you are one of those people who *need* to 
worry about backward compatibility with old, obsolete software, for 
whatever reason you have, then neither the proprietary or free software 
worlds are particularly good to you.

The advantage to open source software in this case is that if you can 
maintain a backwards compatible fork, then you are permitted to do so. If 
you can't do it yourself (and that includes paying somebody to do it for 
you), then you're just as much out of luck as somebody who wants 
Microsoft to continue supporting Windows 3.1.



-- 
Steven



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