Given that HJ was the Linux libc maintainer, I suspect there is more going on than that. HJ is very very smart and has had a massive positive effect all across the toolchain, but has a habit of not justifying his changes well, and as a consequence they often feel somewhat sloppy, because they're doing lots of things that aren't described anywhere all at once. I can understand Roland pushing back on that sort of thing in something like a C library. To be honest, I suspect that forking during the mad early development phase, then re-merging once the chaos had settled down, was the right thing to do.
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