Gentoo Archives: gentoo-dev

From: Ciaran McCreesh <ciaran.mccreesh@××××××××××.com>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Adding --as-needed to LDFLAGS in profiles/default/linux/make.defaults
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:05:42
Message-Id: 20100628150519.1d962bb8@snowcone
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] Adding --as-needed to LDFLAGS in profiles/default/linux/make.defaults by Roy Bamford
On Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:59:21 +0100
Roy Bamford <neddyseagoon@g.o> wrote:
> All of engineering involves compromise.
It's not a question of compromise. It's a question of being right vs being wrong. If one person says that 2 + 2 = 4 and a loud mob screams that their prophet revealed to them in a blog post that 2 + 2 = 6, you don't compromise and say that 2 + 2 = 5.
> There is no point in waiting for a perfect solution to an engineering > issue if that solution is so far away nobody wants to wait. > > The compromises become political discussions and we have seen plenty > of them already. As its 'the masses' that will implement the > solution, not the idealists, its time to go with the compromise that > has been hammered out elsewhere ... unless of course the idealists > have a patch already.
You appear to be assuming that those pushing the --as-needed solution have it finished. This is far from the case. There's still a lot of work that would need to be done, and that work will have to be carried on by every developer indefinitely as new versions of packages come out. It's a case of "the wrong thing requires quite a lot more work before it's ready, and once it's ready everyone will have to carry on working on it forever". -- Ciaran McCreesh


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