> hi, all. sorry it's taken me a while to join this conversation. iI never installed that patch because I was uncertain about the authorship
> adamantly want to see the pdbtrack functionality, which was integrated
> to python-mode.el, included in the python mode delivered with emacs.
> at one point it was integrated with the version of python.el that was
> supposed to be included with the release of emacs 22. i was perplexed
> and dismayed to discover, however, that somehow changed at the last
> moment, and it still hasn't been rectified.
of the parts of python-mode.el that I was taking from.
i believe that any changes to the code for pdb tracking functionality were trivial, and that my copyright assignment would be sufficient for that part of it. i can check with barry, who incorporated the stand-alone code i had written (as "pdbtrack.el") into python-mode.el
> it looks like the reason for the separate implementation of python.el
> had something to do with problems getting copyright assignments. iI still have a local copy of the patch updated to the trunk and could install
> think that could be settled, and probably could help with that, but
> now we have two separate python mode implementations, and i don't know
> how to resolve the choice between them.
> in any case, i *do* want to see pdb tracking included in whichever.
> as the author of the feature, i should be able to authorize its use
> wherever, and am frustrated with the twisty turns of events that have
> prevented that. while my time is limited for reimplementing it, i can
> probably help with that and/or with seeing about getting license
> assignment for python-mode.el.
it now if instructed to do so.
There appear to be two options:
1) Install my patch in python.el which may in reality only involve your
contribution to python-mode.el and may not require other signatures.
2) Replace python.el with a modified python-mode.el which would require
more signatures (Barry Warsaw, Skip Montanero?) and more work.
it sounds like you have done some substantial comparison between the two implementations of python-mode, at least when you were working on the patches. can you characterize the differences between the two? i never tried python.el very far, because it lacked pdb tracking - but i've always been favorably impressed with python-mode.el, and would be expect it to offer a good basis to work from.
i'm planning to contact barry and skip to see about copyright assignments - would that help? would you be willing to revisit your patches and bring them up to date, if clearance for python-mode.el became possible?