Igor Schein on Mon, 26 Jan 2004 22:56:20 +0100

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Re: gp: anal.c more bugs

On Mon, Jan 26, 2004 at 08:50:37PM +0100, Karim Belabas wrote:
> * <allomber@math.u-bordeaux.fr> [2004-01-26 20:17]:
> > On Mon, Jan 26, 2004 at 10:47:08AM +0100, Karim Belabas wrote:
> > > P.S: The parser code has been rewritten by Bill ( and is included in gp2c ).
> > > I do not know whether it is ready to replace the old one.
> > 
> > It is ready. The problem is that it is only a parser and not an 
> > interpreter. 
> [...]
> > I suppose we should also evaluate how far we are from a new stable
> > release before attempting this change.
> I'm taking the bait. 
> I believe the right move is to release 2-2-8.beta very soon ("as is"), then
> make it 2-3.stable.
> I do not see any advantage in waiting for "appropriate documentation"
> or "stabilization of interfaces", or "further bug squashing". There will
> always be problems, we have no time, the current unstable version is in
> much better shape than any stable version ever released, the awkard
> situation of "near-final-release-but-not-quite-there-yet" is detrimental
> to development (see P.S).
> I am not working on anything urgent right now. (Wanted to finish a few things
> with polredabs and the bnfinit implementations. This can wait.) So I vote for
> squeezing in whatever small patches as yet uncommitted (I have none),
> and going to immediate code freeze.

I vote against, for selfish reasons :-)