[RC5] build .466 bug

tomdv at datatx.com tomdv at datatx.com
Sat Mar 10 11:18:46 EST 2001


Hy guys,
can I just jump into the heat? I'm running V2.7106.436. Gee, that's old.
Yep, but it's graphical user interface works and it moos. It doesn't have
any bugs: so why change? For the little bit more speed the newer versions
might bring? Guess not. For the newer contests? Thanks, I like RC5-64 so I
stick to it.
On the other hand, who dare say that he can write a program of say 300
lines the first time off without any bugs? I dare not say that. See, to
earn my living, I work as a consultant for a software manufacturer of a
package that runs on IBM AS/400. We do have programs of 300 lines, we also
have programs of 20000 lines and more. They also contain bugs. So who's
crying wolf?
On the other hand, PC's have the nasty habit that users can change things
themselves. So, in order to write a program that works, you need to foresee
all the possible configurations that those PC's might have. Nearly
impossible, I'd say.
Moreover, when a cruncher, like d-net client, starts off with one contest,
adds another and then yet another and so forth, it is bound to push the
limits. Maybe the problems is just that by adding too much, the program
becomes unstable in certain configurations.
Therefore, if you report a bug, fine. If it can't be solved, it could be
that it is impossible to solve, unless a whole rewrite is done. So, my
conclusion would be, stay off the newer versions when you don't want to
suffer the consequences. If you run on several PC's, take one PC for the
tryout version and let the others run a stable version.

Happy crunching,
Tom




geholt at t-online.de (G & E Holt)@lists.distributed.net on 09/03/2001
18:27:20

Please respond to rc5 at lists.distributed.net

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Subject:  RE: [RC5] build .466 bug


yeah, I just checked my machines and the client expired and it did not give
me a notice.  No new update out, so I guess I have to use the buggy 8010
version that I bug reported say 6 months ago about network problems which
they told me were the same as another problem--which it was not.

In other words, distributed.net is really screwing this up...wish I could
be
this screwed up workin for the military--but then again ppl die when there
are screwups in my job...

G

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-rc5 at lists.distributed.net
[mailto:owner-rc5 at lists.distributed.net]On Behalf Of Ian Dickinson
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2001 9:50 AM
To: rc5 at lists.distributed.net
Subject: RE: [RC5] build .466 bug


>A build .467 beta client has been placed on the prerelease page:
>http://www.distributed.net/download/prerelease.html
>It will expire in 7 days.
>
>It should fix the bugs described in
>http://n0cgi.distributed.net/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=2030
>http://n0cgi.distributed.net/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=2048
>
>Try this client, please, and check whether you are able to recreate these
>bugs.

Haven't seen any bugs.
Client has now expired after 7 days and no new version has appeared.
Does this mean it was still broken?
Can we have a full release that is OK, or another beta with a longer
expiry?
I don't want to be on 463b for any longer than necessary since
it doesn't work as a service under Win2k.


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