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Re: The point of patch management.

From: <pll_at_lanminds.com>
Date: 2003-07-03 20:23:50 CEST

>>>>> On 3 Jul 2003, "kfogel" == kfogel@collab.net wrote:

  kfogel> In short, patch management is not really about following a
  kfogel> simple procedure (tick, tick, tick... bing! time to file
  kfogel> that patch). It's much more touchy-feely than that. The
  kfogel> manager has to be broadly familiar with all the active dev
  kfogel> list threads, and with all the issues in the issue tracker,
  kfogel> and always try to do the thing that will be most useful to
  kfogel> someone who's working on an issue, or someone trying to find
  kfogel> patches related to Problem X.

  kfogel> Patch management is a lot of work :-).

Ahm, I guess I didn't realize that. I thought it more procedural,
in the sense that I just had to monitor what was coming in.

Also, the last 9 I submitted were ones Sander sent me saying:

  Sander> This is the list of currently flagged messages in my
  Sander> mailbox. There are a few patches here that are older than a
  Sander> week, I had planned to deal with today them but I won't make
  Sander> that

which I took to mean that they were to filed. So I gues, most of the
problem lies in 2 areas; 1) I didn't realize I needed to follow
things as closely as you suggest, and 2) a misunderstanding of
exactly what Sander meant by 'dealing' with the flagged patches which
were 'older than a week'.

  kfogel> I certainly don't blame you for not realizing the full scope
  kfogel> at first. If you think you're still up to it, then great.

I'm willing to try if you're willing to continue being tolerant of my
learning curve :) (though feel free to tell me if I'm causing more
work for you than my effort's are worth :)

  kfogel> But if you didn't know what you were getting into, and
  kfogel> won't have time to follow all the contexts, that would be
  kfogel> understandable too. Let us know.

Well, I didn't realize exactly what I was getting into. However,
given my current condition, I'm about to have a lot of time on my
hands, and the only thing I have scheduled besides looking for a job
is to learn python :)

Thanks for the explanation and criticism. I'll try to do better in
the future.

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