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

From: Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 18:28:20 +0000

On Wed, Feb 04, 2009 at 09:56:39AM -0800, John Gardiner Myers wrote:
> 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.

I've never seen Julian's original mail you are qouting.
Did you post a private conversation to the list?
Did you ask him for permission first?

> 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.

People here are just as rational as you are.

If patches get ignored, it does not follow that they will never be
applied. It just follows that currently, no one has the time to look
at them. It takes a bit of time to get one's mind into the context
of the submission, it's not like reviewing a patch takes only 5 minutes.

Just keep pinging the list (but in a nice way).

> 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
> employer.

Please keep submitting whatever you want to submit. I've seen most
(all?) of you submissions so far and they were all very high quality

Just because no one here has the time right now to look at them
does not mean you have to pack up and go away. Give the project
some time, too. The number of active developers is not as big
as you think it might be.

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

... says a guy using said free software in the process of
developing proprietary software.

If you can, please shift the entire workforce of your company
towards Subversion development, it would be very much appreciated.

Just because some Subversion development is being funded does
not mean that our developers have unlimited time.

See you,
Received on 2009-02-05 19:28:44 CET

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