[Bioperl-l] bp_genbank2gff.pl bug

Carnë Draug carandraug+dev at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 15:39:17 EST 2011


On 9 November 2011 18:43, Scott Cain <scott at scottcain.net> wrote:
> Hi Chris,
>
> Actually, removing it from the distribution (but letting it remain in the
> code repository) is not a bad idea.  I can't really think of a down side.
>
> Scott

Hi

can I suggest instead to simply make the script issue a warning right
at the start? Something like "bp_genbank2gff is obsolete and will be
removed from a future version of bioerl; please use bp_genbank2gff3
instead". You could leave it there for the next 2 releases and then
finally remove it. This would have 2 advantages:

1) people that have been using it will immediately know what to use as
replacement (instead of coming and ask in the mailing list)?
2) people who use it but don't know anything about the subject,
someone told them to "just press this button" or "just type this in
the terminal", won't have suddenly a broken system and will have time
to find someone that will make it work again.

That's what's done in GNU octave and I think it works good there.
Carnë



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