[petsc-dev] Fwd: SACUDA - Cannot compile

Barry Smith bsmith at mcs.anl.gov
Wed Oct 27 22:45:07 CDT 2010

On Oct 27, 2010, at 10:39 PM, Matthew Knepley wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 10:34 PM, Sean Farley <sean at mcs.anl.gov> wrote:
>   Matt had a major hissy fit when I proposed this (again) a couple of years ago.
> What's wrong with a namespace? Isn't this what Matt is proposing the Thrust developers do?
> "I reported it and they know about it. PETSc takes over VecType, and it would be much easier (maybe) for Thrust to just namespace that thing."
> Everybody and their mother uses the names Mat, Vec, etc. why can't PETSc namespace them?
> This is a matter of supporting existing users. Everyone that uses PETSc has Vec and Mat everywhere in
> their code. If we change that, we will have to have an excellent, easy, and fullproof upgrade path or
> everyone will hate us and may not even upgrade.

   Everyone already hates us, so I can live with that. Etags (or ctags with Vim) is the way to go, plus it will force everyone to finally learn tags. People upgrade because there is a reason in the new release to upgrade, if there is no reason to upgrade then why upgrade? 


>    Matt
> Sean
> -- 
> What most experimenters take for granted before they begin their experiments is infinitely more interesting than any results to which their experiments lead.
> -- Norbert Wiener

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