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Re: Contributing LLVM.org patches to gud.el

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: Contributing LLVM.org patches to gud.el
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:19:03 +0900

Richard Stallman writes:

 > You can't get any _less_ reflexive than saying "I want to study
 > this; don't rush me."  Anyone who considers that "reflexive" has
 > his eyes and ears shut.  We might even wonder if he is being
 > reflexive.

I've been watching you hold up initiatives in Emacs and other free
software projects while you study the issues for 20 years now.  It's
hardly reflexive to say *now* that your behavior looks reflexive.

And yes, "I want to study this" *can be*, and *often is*, a reflexive
response to an unpleasant turn of events.  That's part of what is
meant by "paralysis by analysis", and by "micromanagement".  Does this
particular case involve hazards that require such study?  Pretty
clearly I'm not the only person who thinks the answer is "no".

A clearly non-reflexive response would be "Yet another case where I
have to decide something that's a rather small matter in itself.
Maybe it's time to think about an alternative decision-making process.
Or better education of the troops, so that they can make these
decisions well enough without me, and I can concentrate on developing
strategies that *effectively* address too-permissive licensing threats
to GNU, and on lobbying that requires someone of my stature in the

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