David O'Brien obrien at freebsd.org
Wed Oct 6 17:55:14 UTC 2010

On Wed, Oct 06, 2010 at 12:01:48PM +0300, Andrew W. Nosenko wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 11:40, David O'Brien <obrien at freebsd.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 05, 2010 at 11:34:52AM -0700, David O'Brien (@FreeBSD) wrote:
> >> > 2010/10/3 Matthew Seaman <m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk>:
> >> > > In fact, you might just as well write a small HTML form, display it
> >> > > using lynx or w3c or some other text mode browser[*], and then have the
> >> > > form action feed into a CGI program that outputs a small Makefile with
> >> > > appropriate variable definitions in it.
> >>
> >> I like this statement -- as it shows just how complex this will get when
> >> taken to its natural conclusion.
> >
> > This is also how ridiculous things can get:
> >
> > curl 7.21.1 now offers me:
> >    [X] WERROR       Treat compilation warnings as errors
> >
> >    Can the port maintainer really not decide if that should just be
> >    turned off or turned on for FreeBSD?!?
> I wonder why -Werror even ever considered to be turned  "on" at all.

\AOL{me too}

I mean building with "-Werror" sounds like goodness -- of course I
want it.

But why is the maintainer offering me a choice?
What is the likelihood of the port not building with -Werror?
Does he know of versions of FreeBSD where the port will not build
with -Werror?  Hum.. maybe I don't want -Werror.  But then why didn't
the the maintainer just decide we would all not build with -Werror?

Given we are just building and installing Curl, what do we expect
users to do choose WERROR and get a build break with -Werror?
They aren't developing the next version of Curl.  Can they submit a
FreeBSD PR and expect the maintainer will quickly add a patch to the
port to fix the warning(s)?  Or will the response be
"Well, don't do that."?  In which case just turning off -Werror for
all seems a better thing to do.  

-- David  (obrien at FreeBSD.org)
Q: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
A: Why is top-posting (putting a reply at the top of the message) frowned upon?
Let's not play "Jeopardy-style quoting"

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