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Re: gcc 3.5 integration branch proposal

> While I can't argue with the veracity of your claim, I must say I find
> it downright bizarre.  How can one oversee the productization of 
> something
> as complex as gcc without an understanding of -- and control over -- its
> architecture?  Unless, of course, productization is not in your job
> description either... :-)

I like to think my *understanding* is pretty good.

But, I don't have control.

Nobody at Red Hat, Apple -- or even general volunteers -- takes orders
from me.  We could organize GCC that way -- if it were thought to be a
good idea -- but most people don't think it's a good idea, and that's
not how it's organized.

My principle power is the power to say "no".  I can say "the release is
not ready", or "that patch cannot be checked in right now".  I can also
say "please help!".  But, I cannot say "fix that bug, you lousy weasel!"
or "get rid of reload!".

That's part of what makes being the RM hard. 

Everyone expects you to get releases out, but all you can actually do is
prevent them from coming out. :-)

Mark Mitchell <>
CodeSourcery, LLC

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