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Re: AIX tests failures

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: AIX tests failures
Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 21:37:44 -0700
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Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> writes:

> I only saw Paul's message after mostly finishing this one, so feel free
> to decide as you like.  (I don't know whether Gnulib intends to target
> systems that are apparently not of interest to coreutils any more.)

The general rule I use with gnulib-like code is that if the supplier
of an operating system doesn't support the OS any more, and supports
only a newer, more up-to-date version, then we shouldn't spend much if
any time worrying about the older version.  This rule is not ironclad,
and I can easily imagine counterexamples where there is sufficient
real-world user interest, but this case wouldn't be one of them.

Ironically, just a couple of days ago I was talking to Mark Kampe, who
is teaching our software engineering class this quarter, and who is
giving a talk next week about software release management.  One of his
slides will be about the problem of users who don't upgrade, and about
end-of-life strategies.  Perhaps I should point him at this thread.
On the other hand, since he worked at INTERACTIVE Systems Corporation
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INTERACTIVE_Systems_Corporation> and
quite possibly wrote some of the AIX Version 1 code himself, he won't
really need our kibitzing about AIX....

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