Michael Price <mprice@...> writes:
> I took a look at the BUGS file today. Was a bit shocking to see it had
> over 2000 lines. So I started looking through the entries and tried two
> that were hard to believe (67 & 108). Both cases worked for me.
67 is there for a reason, at least: it is still quite possibly to
shoot yourself in the foot by tracing the wrong thing.
> So how many of the entries in the BUGS file are actually still bugs and
> does any person or any process check these on a regular basis?
Regularly irregularly. Developers tend to comb through the file
"every once in a while", and when something is discovered to
be stale it gets deleted.
In an ideal world the file would contain machine-readable test-cases,
and would get automatically checked, yes.
...but my gut feeling is that at least 90% of them are there for
a reason -- if not for the bug itself, then for as placeholders
for problem areas (when bugs get fixed, but the root-cause may
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