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On 6 Sep 2000, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> However, what I think Al Viro dislikes about this is that it does tend
> to leave code that won't compile, just because some of the accesses are
> in places that the compiler doesn't see due to the pre-processor (or due
> to other build-rules: like in architectures that aren't the one that the
> developer uses).

Add "and that broken code gets fixed in utterly bogus ways 20 versions
down the road, when nobody remembers WTF had happened". Repeat several
times (and rarely-used parts _will_ accumulate such crap) and you've got
Lovecraftian beasts lurking in the tree. To some extent it's inevitable,
but frequency of such events matters...

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