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bug#31852: Make memory-limit obsolete

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#31852: Make memory-limit obsolete
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2018 06:38:55 -0700
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Eli Zaretskii wrote:
I don't understand what we gain by declaring
this tiny function obsolete

Nobody uses the function (clearly, since it doesn't work) so we gain simplicity, which is a win.

Wouldn't it be enough just to add to the function's
documentation a note that the estimation should be expected to be
inaccurate with modern memory-management technologies?

Complicating the documentation would work against the goal of simplicity. If the goal is something other than simplicity, it'd be helpful to know what the goal is before proposing a different patch 2. The idea behind patch 2 is that simplicity trumps compatibility here, as nobody uses the function and nobody will use it even if patch 1 is applied, partly because of the inaccuracies that you mention.

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