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  • That annotation hasn't been touched (aside from being moved around) since it was authored [0].

    Your comment said:

    > `Result::into_ok`, which was introduced in 2019, but is still unstable due to being "newly added".

    Your comment makes it sound that the Rust team considers a four year old utility method as "newly added", and that's the reason why this method is marked as unstable. More likely, this "newly added" reason is something they add for any new unstable feature, and it is now out of date.

    Considering that repository has 9,000 open issues, and 50,0000 total issues, you can imagine that this issue has simply not been prioritized. Rust being poor at prioritizing, handling issues, etc. is a totally separate discussion from "Rust thinks four year old code is new"

    [0]: https://github.com/rust-lang/rust/commit/c784720f3a2d0b66142...

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  • The author provides very surface-level criticism of two Rust tools, but they don't look into why those choices were made.

    With about five minutes of my time, I found out:

    wrap_comments was introduced in 2019 [0]. There are bugs in the implementation (it breaks Markdown tables), so the option hasn't been marked as stable. Progress on the issue has been spotty.

    --no-merge-sources is not trivial to re-implement [1]. The author has already explained why the flag no longer works -- Cargo integrated the command, but not all of the flags. This commit [2] explains why this functionality was removed in the first place.

    Rust is open source, so the author of this blog post could improve the state of the software they care about by championing these issues. The --no-merge-sources error message even encourages you to open an issue, presumably so that the authors of Cargo can gauge the importance of certain flags/features.

    You could even do something much simpler, like adding a comment to the related issues mentioning that you ran into these rough edges and that it made your life a little worse, or with a workaround that you found.

    Alternatively, you can continue to write about how much free software sucks.

    [0]: https://github.com/rust-lang/rustfmt/issues/3347

    [1]: https://github.com/rust-lang/cargo/pull/10344

    [2]: https://github.com/rust-lang/cargo/commit/3842d8e6f20067f716...

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  • The author provides very surface-level criticism of two Rust tools, but they don't look into why those choices were made.

    With about five minutes of my time, I found out:

    wrap_comments was introduced in 2019 [0]. There are bugs in the implementation (it breaks Markdown tables), so the option hasn't been marked as stable. Progress on the issue has been spotty.

    --no-merge-sources is not trivial to re-implement [1]. The author has already explained why the flag no longer works -- Cargo integrated the command, but not all of the flags. This commit [2] explains why this functionality was removed in the first place.

    Rust is open source, so the author of this blog post could improve the state of the software they care about by championing these issues. The --no-merge-sources error message even encourages you to open an issue, presumably so that the authors of Cargo can gauge the importance of certain flags/features.

    You could even do something much simpler, like adding a comment to the related issues mentioning that you ran into these rough edges and that it made your life a little worse, or with a workaround that you found.

    Alternatively, you can continue to write about how much free software sucks.

    [0]: https://github.com/rust-lang/rustfmt/issues/3347

    [1]: https://github.com/rust-lang/cargo/pull/10344

    [2]: https://github.com/rust-lang/cargo/commit/3842d8e6f20067f716...

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  • Except they didn't -- the result of a statement is turned into a string, and the string is printed. There are standard ways of turning objects into strings, and the `__repr__` function on the `exit` object returns that string. If you call that object then it raises an exception that triggers a REPL to cleanly quit.

    The code is here: https://github.com/python/cpython/blob/3.12/Lib/_sitebuiltin...

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  • The special case is actually less a special case than you'd expect. It's "just" a python object that does some slightly funky things when turned into a string[0]. Making plain `exit` actually exit would mean triggering it accidentally could get too easy or would need a special case in the interpreter itself.

    [0] https://github.com/Source-Python-Dev-Team/Source.Python/blob...

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