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Re: wget2 | Add FTP & FTPS support (#3)

From: @rockdaboot
Subject: Re: wget2 | Add FTP & FTPS support (#3)
Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2021 18:29:26 +0000

Tim Rühsen commented on a discussion: 

> Usually in software engineering we make incremental updates.

The work on wget's codebase is still incremental (each commit is an incremental 
change, right !?). Wget2/libwget is something new. There were *at least* two 
projects in the past to make wget work parallel, both didn't make it for 
reasons. Don't forget - there are literally millions of scripts and command 
lines in production using wget. A tiny change in behaviour may break many of 
them in subtle ways (not OK). Wget2 is incompatible to wget in subtle ways 
(just consider timings), but that is OK as both tools will exist in parallel 
for an unspecified amount of time.

So yeah, the "jump" from wget to wget2 was a decision from despair. There 
weren't the resources to do it incrementally. Creating new code/design from 
scratch was the way to go - the alternative was not doing anything.

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