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Re: The point of patch management.

From: <pll_at_lanminds.com>
Date: 2003-07-07 18:32:05 CEST

>>>>> On Mon, 7 Jul 2003, "Wolf" == Wolf Josef wrote:

  Wolf> The svn-dev list is a heavy-volume list. Following almost
  Wolf> all threads so close that you can see whether consensus
  Wolf> was reached implies that you read all the arguments very
  Wolf> carefully.

  Wolf> So you need a very deep technical understanding _and_ you need
  Wolf> to follow discussions _very_ closesly in order to see whether
  Wolf> a consensus was reached.

This is part of my problem. I'm not technical enough to necessarilly
understand all the issues in all the threads. I'm a sysadmin by
training. My C skills are rather rusty, having sat around for close
to 10 years collecting dust. My perl skills on the other hand, are
bright and shiny, and well-worn from day-to-day use :)

However, I'm looking at this as a learning opportunity, and I'm going
to give it my best shot. As I've told Karl, if at any time he feels
I'm not up to the job, or causing the dev team more work than it's
worth, I'll be glad to pass the hat to someone else.

  Wolf> IMHO the dev-list have too much traffic for a single person to
  Wolf> follow almost all the threads _that_ carefully.

It may be time for this, I don't know. There is a lot of volume on
this list, though for the most part, if the members of this list
follow the conventions of using good Subject: lines including
[PATCH] and other prefixes, then it's a simple job for procmail.

For the most part, my view of the dev list is split into what appears
to be 3 separate lists, dev, [PATCH], and [ISSUE]. Things only get
really confusing when someone doesn't follow the convention and
includes a patch without setting the subject line properly, or
procmail returns a false positive on a subject line containing
'patch' or 'issue'. But that's rare. It's more common for a patch
to be submitted without a proper subject line.

Just my $0.000002 worth :)

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