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Re: bison-20001221

From: Jesse Thilo
Subject: Re: bison-20001221
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2001 09:11:44 -0500

On Sat, Jan 13, 2001 at 10:52:48AM +0100, Hans Aberg wrote:
> At 10:17 -0500 1-01-12, Jesse Thilo wrote:
> >  Akim is right: we
> >are not going to touch imported library files.  It's too much
> >headache.
> Actually, it is a pretty normal thing to modify library files: Just make a
> local copy of the sources, and if the includes are "..." it will be read
> before any library file. At least my linker overrides a library duplicate
> names.

You are missing the point somewhat.  We're not talking about
overriding standard C library functions.  We're talking about support
files written *for GNU software* and used by several GNU programs.  If
such a file needs fixing, it needs fixing everywhere.  There is little
to be gained in keeping forked versions in Bison (or any other GNU
program): it adds to the maintenance effort, it detracts development
from where it should be, and it denies the benefit of any fixes to
other program maintainers.

You can argue with us all you want, but we're not going to maintain
our own versions of those files.  If you think they need fixing,
bug-bison is not the place to report the problems.  After all, if you
have to change those files to port Bison, you'll need to make the same
exact changes to any other GNU program that uses those files.

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