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

From: Igmar Palsenberg (
Date: Thu Sep 07 2000 - 06:26:09 EST

> And I bet the lessons learned and the issues involved in those nights
> with printk will never leave your brain, you will remember precisely
> in the future next time you see the same types of symptoms what kinds
> of things to look for and where.
> This is what a debugger does not do for you. The debugger allows you
> to be lazy, step around, "oh yeah check for NULL" and never have to
> _think_ about what you're doing or the changes you're making or even
> if the same bug might be elsewhere.

I agree. A debugger can't solve deep-down problems for you. Thinking
does. I usually do debugging using printf() and family.

> This is why Linus does not allow a debugging facility like this into
> the kernel, so people spend time _thinking_ when they go hunting down
> bugs.
> It takes longer to nail a bug, yes, but the resulting fix is always
> far superior. And the person who discovers the bug leaves with a much
> larger amount of knowledge about how that area of the kernel works.

Couldn't agree more.


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