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SubjectRe: A modest proposal -- We need a patch penguin
From: Larry McVoy <>
> If so, what you are describing is called "hacking" in the negative
> sense of the word, and what my customers do is called "programming".
> It's quite rare to see the sort of mess that you described, it happens,
> but it is rare. I don'tknow how else to explain it, but it is not the
> norm in the professional world to try a zillion different approaches
> and revision control each and every one.
> The norm is:
> clone a repository
> edit the files
> modify/compile/debug until it works
> check in
> push the patch up the shared repository

Or they create do a line of development in a repository with commits
and then determine that it wasn't working. No problem throw it away
and start over from a clean copy. Since the repositories are
distributed, private branches just disappear if you don't like them.

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