On Sun, Sep 08, 2013 at 06:25:45PM -0500, Felipe Contreras wrote:

> > And I do not think it is a problem. The point of the function is not to
> > abstract away the idea of comparison. The point is to give a hook for
> > people on systems without "diff -u" to run the test suite.
> The point according to whom? I say it's the other way around.

The point according to 82ebb0b (add test_cmp function for test scripts,
2008-03-12). I wish I had simply called it test_diff back then, and then
this conversation could have never occurred.

> Either way the fact that others are doing it differently doesn't mean
> that's the best way, that would be argumentum ad populum, and mothers
> are keen to remind us that if other kids are jumping the bridge, that
> doesn't mean we should too.

Did I once say "my way of thinking about it is the best way"? No. I said
"I think it is a matter of preference". I mentioned other systems using
a particular ordering to show that the set of people who prefer it the
other way is non-zero.

Feel free to respond, but I have no interest in discussing this any
further with you. This thread has become a giant time sink, and I have
nothing else to say on the matter that I have not already said.

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