Excerpts from gabriele renzi's mail of 13 Feb 2005 (EST):
> BTW, it seem to me this pharse is incomplete:
> >> " A patch exists (indeed, has existed for many
> >>   months), and if I bug Matz"

Oh yes, that was a test to see if anyone was paying attention. :)
It should read: "and if I bug Matz maybe it'll get in to 1.8.3."

> I also wonder why that patch was'nt merged.

I suspect it was just an oversight. You can see in [ruby-core:3154] that
Jean-Francois Nadeau provided a patch in July 2004, but it was never
incorporated. Anyways, [ruby-core:4364] says that the patch has been
back-ported to the 1.8 branch and it's just waiting for Matz-approval.

-- 
William <wmorgan-ruby-talk / masanjin.net>