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Re: Changes that should go into version 24.4

From: Daniel Colascione
Subject: Re: Changes that should go into version 24.4
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:50:23 -0700
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On 03/22/2014 01:44 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>> Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:57:03 -0700
>> From: Daniel Colascione <address@hidden>
>> the subr.el one should be in neither branch. It papers over a
>> release-blocking bug. We shouldn't release 24.4 until we've figured
>> out why the hell the GC randomly crashes. You can't even be sure
>> that your lisp hack even fixes the problem.
> Since (evidently) no one is actively works on fixing that bug,

It's not that nobody's working on it --- it's that there's not enough
information to make progress. The crash happens sporadically.

> I see
> no reasons to punish people who run the trunk codebase by imposing on
> them random crashes they cannot recover from.  As long as the bug
> remains open, we didn't forget about it, and will fix it eventually;
> in the meantime, let users have one less reason for crashes.

If this were a normal bug, I'd agree completely --- but this bug is one
we can't reproduce. (I've tried.) The more people see this problem, the
greater the chance we'll get the information we need to actually fix its
underlying cause.

Without a reliable repro, what alternative would you suggest?

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