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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: tla on nfs only

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: tla on nfs only
Date: 14 Mar 2004 13:24:21 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

> Finally, this is a Free Software project, and part of that freedom is the
> ability to control how your tools work.  The change in question is not
> difficult to make.  Lobbying volunteers to make the changes you want doesn't
> seem a very nice way to operate.

Well, it's not quite the same:
- I can't proselytise the same way if I have to tell people "oh don't use
  the official version but use mine instead".
- When writing support code (like an Emacs front-end), I can't assume that
  people will use my hacked version.

NFS is a reality at many places (Samba at others, tho I'm not sure it's
much better in this respect), tla needs to deal with it IMO.

I think the core of the problem is that too many files of the revlib are
checked every time.  If tla were more careful to only check the files it
actually looks at, then it would have much more freedom to use other kinds
of checks that don't depend on inode or device numbers.


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