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Re: Add -iquote support


Mike Stump wrote:

On Monday, May 3, 2004, at 08:55 PM, Zack Weinberg wrote:

And like the ChangeLog, I'm happy to write it and send it out, but I
will not be putting my name on it, as I don't want to be associated
with the removal of a feature a user might be using.  Whose names
should I put on it?


Please don't be evading responsibility like this.


[ I know this is a mostly moot point, but, I do think this makes for an interesting point for people to think about. ]

I have made a value judgment on removing -I-. It will hurt users. It isn't my idea, it isn't my desire, and while one can insist that I do the technical work in order for me to gain approval on my original work, I will insist that the originator and the reviewer of the idea take all credit and responsibility for it, I want none of it. If the person insisting on that work doesn't want that credit and responsibility, then, maybe they should not insist.

I'm not sure exactly what to say about this issue. I definitely understand where you're coming from. On the other hand, if you wrote the change, it's useful to know that fact -- if someone had a question about how it worked, they might want to ask you about it later.


The more-common situation where you say "I have an idea; how about changing foo() to return 3?" and I went off and write the patch has the opposite problem; often it has only my name ChangeLog, even though it was largely your idea. So, I'm not sure I agree with your objection to having your name on a ChangeLog entry. You can always note your objection for posterity on the mailinglist.

Sending messages to gcc-announce seems different to me. Even there, however, you could make clear that you don't personally agree with the course of action being debated, but you've been asked to gather more information, and you're willing to do that.

As you say, it's mostly moot...

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