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bug#17215: Acknowledgement (Build failure)

From: David Kastrup
Subject: bug#17215: Acknowledgement (Build failure)
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:58:19 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>> 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.

I fail to see how an Emacs that segfaults during the build can be
considered usable to a degree making sense.

David Kastrup

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