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Re: LilyPond 2.12.3 crash (Mac OS X)

From: Robert Kennedy
Subject: Re: LilyPond 2.12.3 crash (Mac OS X)
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 19:35:42 +0000 (UTC)
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James Bailey <derhindemith <at> googlemail.com> writes:
> Okay, in just scanning the file, I was a bit concerned about that.
> I think actually a smaller example would be
> better. If you can pare this down just a bit, I'll be happy to add 
> it to the tracker.

Of course a smaller example would be nice, but I already spent hours getting it 
down to the point it's at, and as I explained earlier in the thread I'm not 
to get it any smaller and still have it exhibit the problem.

This focus on small examples is misbegotten, in my opinion. I am not a LilyPond 
developer but I speak from a lot of compiler experience when I say it's more 
important to get coverage from lots of problems than to insist that every bug 
a three-line test case. I recommend making it easy to report bugs so you can 
build a robust piece of software, rather than throwing up obstacles to people 
would like to help by showing where something has gone wrong. Again speaking 
my experience, the difference between a 40- or 50-line test case and a 3-line 
test case does not have a big effect on the amount of effort required to 
the bug.

As I said before, I'm perfectly willing to follow up with another test case for 
this bug that's a couple of lines longer but is perfectly valid input. I am 
unfortunately not willing to spend any more time trying to make this smaller. 
I said, I already spent hours. I'm afraid you'll need to take it or leave it.

I hope you'll take it. Thanks!

        -- Robert

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