[PD] Very large patches unstable?

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Wed Dec 2 19:28:07 CET 2009

On Wed, 2 Dec 2009, Matteo Sisti Sette wrote:

> The greatest frustration is when you carefully design something so that size 
> (e.g. number of instances) shouldn't be a problem, you strongly test it 
> within a certain 'size' and verify it is rock-solid, and then, when you have 
> everything working and your project grows a little bit and you just add a 
> couple more instances of something, it stasrts crashing....
> In some cases some developer (I won't tell the name, but it's someone 
> very important here) was able to find specific bugs and fixed it and 
> published a new release.

I think it's more constructive to say who fixed bugs, even if it's someone 
who wrote the bugs in the first place. We shouldn't have a culture in 
which bugs are that much shameful, because it steepens a few learning 
curves, it raises the entry level, and it causes finished externals to 
stay sitting on their author's hard disk just because it's too long to 
review it to ensure it contains no potentially embarrassing mistakes...


> complex, scalable design; but the implementation doesn't support it at 
> the end. Also, these kind of bugs are very difficult to isolate.

It's hard to do anything about this unless we are talking about specific 
cases. I'd rather have you point at specific bugs than making general 

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