Re: [netmod] IETF 108: Summary of insignificant whitespace changes and versioning

Randy Presuhn <randy_presuhn@alumni.stanford.edu> Wed, 12 August 2020 17:04 UTC

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Subject: Re: [netmod] IETF 108: Summary of insignificant whitespace changes and versioning
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Hi -

On 8/12/2020 1:34 AM, Martin Björklund wrote:
...
> I think that comments should be treated as insignificant whitespace.
>
> Comments in YANG are not tied to a specific statement, so it is
> difficult to e.g. translate them to YIN properly.  For example to
> which statement does the comment below belong?
>
>    container foo {
>       container bar; /* beware */ container baz;
>    }

For some reason this whole discussion of errorless round-trip conversions
generated by flawless tools and inconsequential editorial changes made
by infallible editors reminds me of an episode at a company long ago
in which a programmer received a "commendation" for "most bugs
introduced by fixing a comment."  (I won't name names.)   From a
configuration management perspective, what's the point of introducing
a revision identification scheme if it is not used?

Randy