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glibc got forked

glibc got forked

Posted Jun 27, 2013 12:12 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
In reply to: glibc got forked by Wol
Parent article: Richard Stallman becomes a Hall-of-Famer

Hang on, that's Roland McGrath you're talking about, right? "More than unco-operative"? Roland?! (It can't have been Ulrich Drepper, he didn't get involved until 1997 or thereabouts, around the time of the glibc2 merger.)

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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glibc got forked

Posted Jun 28, 2013 21:36 UTC (Fri) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

Hang on, that's Roland McGrath you're talking about, right? "More than unco-operative"? Roland?!

Sure. That's yet-another-case of "sufficiently advanced XXX is indistinguishable from YYY". When upstream says "yes, we need to do that but we'll do that right" but then, when you ask again year or two later (literally year or two later!) and hear the same answer... it's easy to perceive upstream as "more than unco-operative".

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.

Looks like it. In fact this is exactly what happened with Linux kernel and Android's kernel, too, right?


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