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Re: [PATCH] Pass the name of the conflicted file to the merge tool

From: John Gardiner Myers <jgmyers_at_proofpoint.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2009 09:56:39 -0800

Julian Foad wrote:
> Now, maybe me trying to say this wasn't the most helpful thing. I saw
> that some of your emails were going unanswered, and wanted to give some
> indication that your efforts are appreciated and that your messages are
> being read, and try to prompt you to answer some of my questions without
> me having to first work out what my questions will be.

That does bring up an interesting question: whether it more frustrating
to have one's submission summarily ignored or to spend the additional
time and effort to have an extended technical discussion with someone
who never had the intention of ever committing the submission,
regardless of what was said.

As a rational developer, I spend my time and effort contributing to
those projects where I get a reasonable return on my investment. Of the
three patches I've submitted in the last few months, only one, the least
important, has been committed. I guess I'll give up and move on to
other projects.

I would have submitted a patch to fix the merge tool bug I uncovered,
but not while I had two outstanding patches in the area. The Subversion
project probably could have benefited from the expertise I gained in
automated merging, but it looks like that work will stay local to my

On the bright side, it's nice to know the Subversion project is
sufficiently funded to not want the help of outside developers.

Received on 2009-02-04 19:30:34 CET

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