Subject: Re: Stopping a common shoot-your-own-foot problem
To: Johnny C. Lam <>
From: Daniel R. Killoran,Ph.D. <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 03/30/2005 08:35:33
On Mar 29, 2005, at 6:35 PM, Johnny C. Lam wrote:

> We can complain all we want to Sleepycat, but I seriously doubt that 
> they will do anything about this.  So, we're still in the same boat as 
> before -- do we want to try to prevent users from shooting their own 
> feet, or do we trust that users are smart enough to be careful about 
> updating packages?  I used to believe in the latter, but I'm shading 
> toward the former now, given the realization that I completely avoid 
> using db4 whenever possible solely because I've been burned by 
> updating db4 in the past one too many times.

Is there a tutorial somewhere explaining this problem? If so, then at 
the very least, a package that does the foot-shooting should ask the 
user if he has read the tutorial, and advise him to cancel if he has 
If there is no tutorial, put it on the "TODO" list!

Dan Killoran