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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Features command for arch

From: Tom Lord
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Features command for arch
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 17:29:10 -0700 (PDT)

    > From: address@hidden (James Blackwell)
    > Tom wrote:
    > > If there's no One True Answer for the structure of feature names then,
    > > in some sense, it's an arbitrary choice.

    > > Since it is an arbitrary choice, it should be reserved until it can be
    > > made in such a way that the choice is a maximally happy coincidence
    > > (i.e., interacts nicely, by (deliberate) "coincidence" with other
    > > features or contextual constraints).   

    > > That's all of design in a two paragraph nutshell.

    > Ignoring a number of good solutions in hopes that an ideal solution
    > will come to light isn't good design; its paralysis

Ok, so that's three paragraphs:

   a) one true answer (or else...)

   b) defer until a "happy coincidence"

   c) make sure that your algorithm for (b) terminates and
      place your own best bet on how to implement that algorithm

Isn't that, like, "A*"-search, or something?

"nevermind" (please)

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