[ET Trac] [Einstein Toolkit] #1565: change default of IOUtil::out_save_parameters to true

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Wed Mar 26 09:23:22 CDT 2014

#1565: change default of IOUtil::out_save_parameters to true
  Reporter:  rhaas        |       Owner:                     
      Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  review             
  Priority:  optional     |   Milestone:                     
 Component:  Cactus       |     Version:  development version
Resolution:               |    Keywords:                     

Comment (by eschnett):

 Of course such an API would be possible.

 Since storing/outputting metadata requires I/O etc., I don't think it
 should be in the flesh; this may require e.g. XML support in the flesh
 etc, which can get large and complex. If you want to force people to use
 this infrastructure, then there are other mechanisms, e.g. the flesh could
 inherit from a thorn -- this would also allow people to replace the thorn
 with their own.

 I would very much like to "force" people to use Formaline, because I am
 convinced it is a good thing. However, people think differently; they may
 get annoyed by its overhead for a feature set they don't need or
 understand. I thus refrain from "forcing" people, and instead try to
 reduce the overhead and convince people in discussions... I've seen people
 delete core files before asking me for help debug their crashes (because
 they are so large!). One cannot force people; one can only explain how
 some feature would help them, and try hard to ensure that the first thing
 people encounter isn't the overhead.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.einsteintoolkit.org/ticket/1565#comment:9>
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