Glibc change exposing bugs
Posted Nov 10, 2010 20:03 UTC (Wed) by corbet
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That's a germane example, actually. "Poo flinging" notwithstanding, the kernel developers fixed things so that applications would not lose data even if they weren't following standard behavior. Not breaking things was seen as more important than doing something because the posted rules say you can.
I don't believe that Linus (or anybody else) is saying that the broken applications are not buggy. What I'm hearing is that those applications have worked for years and that people should think for a long time before introducing a change which breaks them. Thus, Linus asks: what's the benefit that justifies such a change? I think it's a reasonable question.
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