[SciPy-dev] Docstring editing request on SciPy Doc Wiki

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Mon May 19 12:04:11 CDT 2008


On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 10:50 AM, Stéfan van der Walt <stefan@sun.ac.za> wrote:
> 2008/5/19 Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com>:
>> On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 3:58 AM, Stéfan van der Walt <stefan@sun.ac.za> wrote:
>>
>>> For developers: please don't change docstrings directly in the source
>>> tree, it makes merging difficult.  If you urgently need a change to go
>>> in, make it on the wiki and let me know.
>>
>> Ooh. Not good. It's not time-critical, but this needs to be fixed.
>
> It's not a train smash -- but it causes some patches to be rejected.
> I don't think this is something that can be "fixed"; it's inherently a
> merge problem.

Okay, but this has to be a problem that the wiki->docstring system (or
its human operator) needs to deal with, not developers. It's just not
acceptable to have parts of the source that we can't edit directly.

Is the wiki->docstring code publicly available? 3-way merges are quite
typical, so I don't really understand why it would be especially hard
in this case.

-- 
Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless
enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
though it had an underlying truth."
 -- Umberto Eco


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