[asdf-devel] Would like to disable bundle-op on known not-working implementation X platform combinations

Robert P. Goldman rpgoldman at sift.info
Sat Jan 4 17:00:30 UTC 2014

Yes, I want to disable this on platforms where it is known to fail.

Unfortunately, the backtrace does not make it at all easy to tell where the failure has occurred, so the poor user will have no way to tell that the failure is not his or her fault but the fault of ASDF and the implementation.

On ABCL the bundle files (jar files, IIRC), for some reason, are simply missing files that should be present. On ECL, something goes pear-shaped deep in the interaction with C. Neither test yields an error I can make heads or tails out of.

I was thinking of issuing some form of warning that indicates that here be dragons, and the user is proceeding at his/her own risk. That isn't quite full disablement, but it will keep people from wasting their time in a futile way if it bombs out.


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> On Jan 3, 2014, at 23:10, Faré <fahree at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 10:29 AM, Robert P. Goldman <rpgoldman at sift.info> wrote:
>> Per the principle of failing obviously, I propose to raise an error upon
>> attempts to use bundle-op with ECL or ABCL on Mac OSX.  The bundle-op
>> tests have been failing for me on those platforms for as long as I can
>> remember.
>> For ECL, at least, I believe this to be an implementation bug, having to
>> do with the Mac's 32-/64-bit hybrid architecture.  With the current
>> disarray in ECL maintenance, I don't see any signs of this being fixed.
>> For ABCL the cause of this issue is more mysterious, but it is still
>> persistent.
>> Unless someone squawks, where "squawks" includes "explains why this test
>> failure is specific to me or provides a proposed patch," I will make
>> that change.
> Didn't you disable the test in e2b70dd1 before 3.0.3?
> Do you mean you want the code to issue an early error without even trying?
> I think that's a bad idea that only makes the real issue harder to see and fix;
> as long as the backtrace makes it clear where the thing is failing,
> there's no need to obfuscate the implementation bug.
> At worst, maybe wrap the issue in a handler-bind
> that adds ASDF's own warning to the error?
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