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Re: Why are so many great packages not trying to get included in GNU Ema

From: Noam Postavsky
Subject: Re: Why are so many great packages not trying to get included in GNU Emacs?
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 22:23:54 -0400

On Thu, 23 Apr 2020 at 20:51, Rostislav Svoboda
<address@hidden> wrote:
> > If a package needs assignment then the maintainer cannot accept code until 
> > the copyright is assigned which is an administrative hoop which nor the 
> > maintainer, nor the submitter may want to deal with
> Some years ago I wrote a little patch (~30 LOC, IIRC) for the yasnippet and 
> got it rejected because it was a few lines longer than the limit for a patch 
> without an assigned copyright.
> I tried to game the systems, I split the patch and I asked a buddy of mine to 
> submit the first half under his name to stay under the line-limit and avoid 
> the assignment procedure. That didn't work out. I didn't feel like I should 
> really invest that much energy into to the cover-up of my little work and the 
> yasnippet maintainer isn't that naive.

If you refer to https://github.com/joaotavora/yasnippet/pull/746, as
far I recall, I didn't merge it because there wasn't an
explanation/description of the change in the commit messages (or
elsewhere), so I couldn't really understand what it was fixing. It
looks like you deleted the patch, but according to my comments there
it would probably have fallen under the "regular series of repeated
changes, such as renaming a symbol, is not legally significant even if
the symbol has to be renamed in many places" as described in
https://www.gnu.org/prep/maintain/maintain.html#Legally-Significant so
it might not even have exceeded the limit anyway.

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