Re: [AMBER-Developers] Comments on patch file for PMEMD 10 Chamber

From: Ben Roberts <>
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2009 10:05:22 -0400

>> Do people think this is a good idea? Or should we just allow the user
>> sufficient rope to hang themselves if they want to and always compile
>> Chamber and assume people will have a bugfixed sander / pmemd (which will
>> quit if v10) or they have successfully applied the patch.
>> Comments?
> If given rope to hang oneself, someone almost surely will. If determining
> whether or not a patch has been applied is as easy as testing the existence
> of a file, then I think we should hold the users' hands here. It'll be
> sufficiently easy for someone to find the rope to hang themselves with if
> they are so inclined (I can't imagine it would be hard to trick a makefile
> that a file exists), so everyone leaves happy. Those that want to hang
> themselves can, and those that are just feeling their way through the
> process get to jump over it. You could also make it plenty verbose, telling
> the user what's happening and why, etc. etc.
> What does everyone else think?
> --Jason

I'm with Jason on this one: it's better for the user unfamiliar with
Amber if we don't give him enough rope to hang himself without even
knowing it.

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