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Re: Emacs and GFortran

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Emacs and GFortran
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2006 21:32:49 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

> If I were Alfred, I'd hesitate to submit a patch, given the attitude
> of several GFortranners.  That attitude is so hostile that I'd
> suggest to talk to the steering committee about it.

There would be more substance to talk about if he submitted a patch to
the proper channels first.  Mailing lists do not rarely exhibit bouts
of incivility.  People are human, and free time developers don't
necessarily react enthused if work gets dumped at their doors.  It is
not like we don't see some passionate arguments on the Emacs developer
list at times, too.

So I'd really recommend to Alfred passing over the momentary heat of
discussion on the list, and entering a proper report at the bug
reporting data base, filling in as much material as he feels he can
provide with reasonable effort.

When this does not lead to results, there is still enough time to try
getting others involved in a solution.  And it gives third parties a
chance to give an outstanding problem report a shot, without
themselves being participants in the mailing list discussion.  So
there is more of a chance that the problem will get worked on by
somebody without the need for a preceding shouting match.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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