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Re: Checksum failure: serious problem or not?

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Checksum failure: serious problem or not?
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 01:34:19 -0500 (EST)

Jim.Hyslop writes:
> I hope there was a missing smiley, Larry. The problem is that most people
> who get confused by this issue probably don't subscribe to this list. Heck,
> most of them probably aren't even aware this list exists. So I don't think
> you'll hear all the grumbling and confusion that the two messages generate.

What confusion?  A novice user isn't going to know what *any* of the
codes mean without consulting the manual, which explains both codes. 
Experienced users have presumably been seeing "P" for quite some time
and know what it means.  About the only possible confusion is for long
time local mode users that switch to client/server mode and start seeing
a code they haven't seen before.  Hopefully, they'll consult the manual
rather than asking here or falling into a state of permanent confusion.

> If someone were to submit a patch that substituted 'U' for 'P' unless a
> particular flag was set, would you at least consider committing that patch?

Not me, although someone else might.  Absent a groundswell of dissenting
opinion, this just isn't an important enough issue to spend any time on.
(If someone actually wants to pursue this, however, please don't add a
flag, just get rid of "P" completely.)

> Well, even in local mode the client must have some knowledge of how to do a
> merge, otherwise it could never merge a modified file.

The server does the merge, not the client.  In local mode, you're
essentially using the server directly (without a client).

-Larry Jones

I don't think math is a science, I think it's a religion. -- Calvin

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