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Blank lines

Posted Feb 18, 2010 10:16 UTC (Thu) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
In reply to: Blank lines by xoddam
Parent article: How old is our kernel?

This seems to me a speculative, rather than a factual, answer.
I'd suggest cleaning all and anyy comments, blank lines and strings from the
measurements, and comparing. Does not seem too difficult to do.


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Blank lines

Posted Feb 18, 2010 14:11 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

I'd call comment and string changes significant. The only reason I singled out blank lines is because they really *cannot* change in a meaningful manner.

Blank lines

Posted Feb 19, 2010 10:33 UTC (Fri) by hummassa (subscriber, #307) [Link]

From the POV of the development process, yes, you are right.
But if you are measuring the age of the code, I would weed out anything that
ends up generating the same object code. Just my opinion there.

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Posted Feb 26, 2010 8:51 UTC (Fri) by efexis (guest, #26355) [Link]

Unless the blank lines were proportionally evenly distributed, in which case the effect would simply be cancelled out, but even so... a character changed in a long line of code counts the same as the whole line changing, but it's enough to give a feel for what's going on, as long as it's understood that these types of stats serve to guide towards reality rather than define it.


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