Re: [ANNOUNCE] Withdrawl of Open Source NDS Project/NTFS/M2FS for Linux

From: Daniel Phillips (
Date: Wed Sep 06 2000 - 10:47:17 EST

Mike Jagdis wrote:
> I disagree. No one here is dumb enough to use a wholely inappropriate
> tool for a particular task. But using a debugger is often (but not
> always) like sawing bits off your 2x4 until it happens to fit the
> gap. What you need to do is to understand the problem parameters,
> measure them, mark your 2x4, then cut using whatever tool is best
> suited to the job. In woodwork the results tend to be superior :-)

Yes, you've put your finger on it. When you take a power saw and try
to use it like a chisel, it doesn't work very well. If you are
philosophically opposed to power saws, you may pick one up, try to use
it as a chisel, and then claim that it is a very poor tool.

This is what is happening here. The proponents of the 'withhold the
power tools' camp have fixated on the idea of using a debugger to
chisel away at a problem. This is a poor way to use a debugger.
Instead, use the debugger to cut a large problem space into small
pieces - pieces that are too small for a bug to hide in. Use the
debugger as a power saw, not as a chisel, and you will have more
respect for its capabilities.

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