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i think you misunderstand me, what is scary is that the comment needs making at all.

"why don't people test their software by merely running it? esp in the config it will ship in."

i.e. why aren't you testing what you ship. i.e. with the -O flag on. the fact that build flags cause headaches like this is well understood from my history with languages using the C preprocessor - all C, C++ etc. programmers will have a good handle on this from necessity i think. it scares me to think that people are writing code but not understanding what it is going to do...

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