[Apt-rpm] I: [PATCH] 0.5.4cnc9: rsync method support

jw schultz jw at pegasys.ws
Thu Feb 20 08:53:17 EST 2003

On Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:25:43PM -0500, Paul Green wrote:
> Sviatoslav Sviridov [mailto:svd at ns1.lintec.minsk.by] wrote:
> >It would be good if attached patch will be included in upstream. This
> >patch adds option --apt-support for rsync and with this option rsync
> >will print some additional information about file being transfered. No
> >program logic changed. Having this option in rsync we can have apt with
> >rsync method support.
> 1. What is apt?  
> 2. The code changes look pretty simple and quite clean, but I didn't see any 
> documentation changes. 
> Are there any objections to my applying this patch if Sviatoslav supplies 
> documentation changes, too?

I object to the patch.

As i told him in response to an offline request to me and Martin.
| I will not recommend this patch.  The focus seems
| far too narrow and there is no coherent argument for
| inclusion.  This just smacks of option proliferation.

He provides no justification for the patch.  It adds yet
another verbosity option for the purposes of reporting
progress.  Oh, and why "apt" that smacks of name pollution.

If we are going to add this sort of progress reporting let's
do so with a unified verbosity/progress report framework.
There are plenty of verbosity methods i and others would
like.  Much better would be to have a --log-opts that
accepts a list of independent keywords and can be used
instead of -v with stacking.

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