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From: Alex Baretta <alex@b...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Pervasives.compare output type
Jacques Carette wrote:
> Alex Baretta <alex@barettadeit.com> wrote:
> 
>> Xavier Leroy wrote:
>> > It's a historical error.  [...]
>>
>> Whether fixing such historical errors engenders more benefits than 
>> trouble is a very interesting philosophical question.

> It all depends on whether the installed base is viewed as more/less 
> important as the future integrity of the software system as a whole.  
> When I was in industry, I was in a position where I made the choice that 
> future integrity was more important...

On purely theoretical grounds, I agree with you that working around 
"historical errors" is generally worse than updating the existing code 
base. I wonder if Xavier agrees. I also wonder if there are "border 
constraints" beyond his personal taste on this matter.

Alex

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