Messed up Perl

Brandon S Allbery KF8NH allbery at
Tue Oct 5 08:29:31 PDT 2010

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On 10/4/10 23:40 , Hal Vaughan wrote:
> My issue is that MacPorts AUTOMATICALLY did something I didn't want it to do.  Again, if it had put the system PATH first, then its own, that would be different.  If there is a default on a system, then if that default is changed, it should be made clear, "DEFAULTS ARE CHANGED!"  If there's a warning that PATH is changed, if that change alters the defaults, it's only appropriate to say so.

No, your issue is that MacPorts did AUTOMATICALLY what the vast majority of
users want it to do.  You are the exception here, not the rule.

> Considering that most users will have some degree of technical experience, trusting them to make a choice on their own system seems a reasonable choice.  I'm curious if that possibility has been discussed.

Clearly, you need to read the mailing list archives.

> But I've had bad experiences with some FOSS projects when I filed bug reports.  I've gotten things like, "It's a feature, not a bug" (when I could demonstrate why it was NOT a feature) and had some other bad experiences when reporting bugs on FOSS programs.  Because of that, I've been slow to file other bug reports.  I can give technical descriptions and help with bug reports and feature requests, but it helps to know if a project and the people in it really do want those reports and don't want to just close them out in a hurry or rationalize them away.

If they were phrased as "my way is the only correct way; ignore all your
other users because they're all wrong" as this thread, it's no wonder.

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