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Re: -follow problem in 4.2.18

From: DervishD
Subject: Re: -follow problem in 4.2.18
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 12:13:06 +0100
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    Hi James :)

 * James Youngman <address@hidden> dixit:
> On Mon, Mar 14, 2005 at 07:33:00PM +0100, DervishD wrote:
> >     I didn't know that 4.2.19 had been released. I don't use to look
> > in alpha.gnu.org O:) My fault.
> alpha.gnu.org is for testing releases and other releases which for one
> reason or another don't qualify as "stable".  If there are no bug
> reports on 4.2.19 for a while I'll make it a stable release and put it
> on ftp.gnu.org.

    I thought that alpha.gnu.org were 'work in progress: do not use'.
Obviously I was wrong.
> As the maintainer one of my problems is (your heart bleeds, I'm sure)
> that nobody ever says "yup, that release looks good, I've tested it to
> death on 500 platforms".  Well, actually there is one person who
> sometimes does that but it's all dependent on whether he has the time.

    I'm a developer too, and one of my biggest problems is that:
betatesting. Usually my friends test my software, but for complex
projects that's not enough.

    I try my best to test all the software I use, to report bugs and
(if I can afford it) to provide patches. In fact when I have access
to a 'crash test' machine, I test all the beta software I can. In my
production machine I just use releases marked as stable or at least
releases that are not marked as dangerous ;) I've downloaded 4.2.19
and I'll install it as soon as possible.

> Anyway because those releases are not "stable" releases, alpha.gnu.org
> releases don't get announced on <address@hidden>.  It's not a secret
> location, it's just that nobody wants people to believe they're all
> "stable" releases.  However anybody is very welcome to use them.

    I'll do in the future, thanks for explaining :)
> >     I searched about similar bugs in savannah this morning without
> > success, sorry. I thought it had never been reported.
> I bet you only searched the unfixed bugs :)

    And you win that bet ;)
> Anyway, there's no need for you to apologise - if anything, I
> should apologise for creating the bug!  Thanks for taking an
> interest in findutils.

    The less I can do for the free software I use is to make free
software myself (and I do that) and to help development and put a bit
of interest on it. I really like findutils, and although I don't have
the time to follow the new releases, please tell me if you want me to
test anything: I have a do-it-yourself Linux box and since findutils
are pretty harmless I can test whatever prerelease you want. Just
send me the tarball whenever you need testing or drop me a note with
the tarball location. I will very happy to help.

    And sorry for my English, be sure that my Spanish is far better
XD Thanks a lot for findutils.

    Raúl Núñez de Arenas Coronado

Linux Registered User 88736
http://www.dervishd.net & http://www.pleyades.net/
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