2007.09.13 05:14 "Re: [Tiff] bug reporting and state-of-the-project query", by Lee Howard
Ultimately libtiff is first a library, and secondarily a set of utilities.
I can respect this, and neither do I disagree.
And inasmuch as your application or anyone else's application works well with the library then it is a good indicator of the functionality of the used library functions in the manner in which they were used. Similarly, the utility programs are also as much a library-using application. So when any application, be it one of the utilities or not, ceases to function properly after an update to the library it should cause us to consider the possibility that something in the library update may be amiss just as easily as it may merely be exposing improper library usage by the application.
I understand that you are not in a position to address all of what is in libtiff alone. I will do what I can to help where I can do it as I have tried to do in the past. However, I wish to caution us to not allow the secondarily-purposed utilities to slip past basic testing and into neglect - not only because of their value as utilities, but also because of their value as another library-using application.