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Re: deprecation of in-tree builds

From: Aleksandar Markovic
Subject: Re: deprecation of in-tree builds
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2020 21:45:12 +0100

21:14 Ned, 22.03.2020. Peter Maydell
> *Everything* is supposed to work in out of tree builds.
> If it doesn't that's a bug -- unless people report bugs
> we'll never know to fix them. Most developers use out
> of tree builds and all our CI is out of tree builds, so
> they actually get better ad-hoc and CI coverage than
> in-tree. Out-of-tree is overwhelmingly what we build and
> what we test, so it's in-tree that breaks more often and
> where I'd expect to find more things we didn't realise
> were broken.
> To be clear, I'm not saying we should pull the rug out
> from anybody. I'm saying:
>  * we should clearly say what our plans are, with a
>    long warning if we can reasonably give longer warning
>  * if there's anything that we would accidentally
>    be breaking with those plans, we should adjust the
>    plans so we don't break things we didn't mean to break
> This doesn't seem controversial to me...

OK, given all info you presented in last paragraphs and elsewhere - that seems to have more emphasis on potential adjustments, and the obligatory condition that nothing breaks - I agree with the approach you spelled out, or, in other words, agree with introducing deprecation note.

I hope that we all perceive occasional differences in opinions as our value (and, I even claim, a key to success of any dev community), and not a nuisance or a danger.

Thanks! :)


> thanks
> -- PMM

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