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Re: Why we should avoid new submodules if possible

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Subject: Re: Why we should avoid new submodules if possible
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:07:48 -0400

On Wed, Sep 28, 2022 at 10:48:03PM +0200, Michal Suchánek wrote:
> Hello,
> On Tue, Jun 28, 2022 at 07:00:59AM -0400, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > 
> > git submodules are awkward basically because they are an automated wget.
> > I don't think an explicit wget is much better ... but
> > looks like I'm alone in this. Oh well.
> > So it will be a weird dance of wget a tarball, unpack, generate
> > ISO and run. God help you if you need to patch the test - it's
> > wget all the way down.
> That's the problem - the submodules are not automated. They are
> half-automated, and the rules for when the automation works and for when
> the automation falls apart are not intellibible for the general Joe
> Developer.
> You might spend a few days studying how they behave exactly, and then you
> will know. But unless you will use them every day you will forget again,
> because the rules do not lend themselves to some abstraction easily
> understood by humans.
> Thanks
> Michal

But why would learning a different tool be easier?


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