x.org is Hacker Trash

Thomas Dickey dickey at radix.net
Fri Mar 30 03:52:49 PDT 2007

On Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 01:24:56PM +0300, Daniel Stone wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 06:02:22AM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> > On Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 12:20:51PM +0300, Daniel Stone wrote:
> > > It is relatively complex, and in some cases (e.g. the apps)
> > > unnecessarily so.  But the thing to realise is that most of the modules
> > > haven't changed in about a decade.  It's quite painful initially, but
> > 
> > hmm - I would use (or only accept) a qualifier like "most" if I actually
> > had a number.  Do you have one?   I haven't seen any evidence that any
> > of the Xorg hackers do metrics, and am curious why this is so.
> http://people.freedesktop.org/~daniels/dates.txt
> 85 last modified 2005, 147 last modified 2006, 87 last modified 2007.  A

...of 321.

iirc, modularization was done in the interval 2003-2005,
which seems to indicate that some activity is ongoing in 1/3 to 1/2 of
the tree.

As an aside - the number-of-modules does not necessarily reflect
the distribution of code (some are much larger than others).

> much better counting utility would work out when the last _code_
> modification was, as modularisation bumped all of them for config.h and
> header locations.  Plus, 'a lot' (submitted without metrics, at this
> point) of modules have only been bumped for man page and ChangeLog
> fixes, I'm willing to bet.

that should be easy to measure (for someone).  I don't recall seeing
many (if any) diffstat's that reflected only that, however.

Thomas E. Dickey
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