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bug#17215: Acknowledgement (Build failure)

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: bug#17215: Acknowledgement (Build failure)
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:11:58 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

>> It would appear that this particular bug yielded to the pure size
>> increase.  What a singularly useless error behavior for a problem that
>> is expected to reoccur with some regularity!
> Still waiting to hear a response to my previous question on why we don't
> just abort as soon as we detect pure overflow.

Good question.  The reason is largely histerical, where it was
convenient to still have a partly usable Emacs.  Nowadays, many more
people build their Emacs from trunk without having the technical
knowledge to detect and handle this problem, so it's probably better to
just abort.


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