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

From: Alan Third
Subject: Re: Why are so many great packages not trying to get included in GNU Emacs?
Date: Wed, 13 May 2020 17:58:39 +0100

On Tue, May 12, 2020 at 11:03:06PM -0400, Clément Pit-Claudel wrote:
> But the complexity of PGP is a valid concern. I operated under the
> assumption that most new contributors sign copyright papers with
> PGP, and so that PGP was a reasonable baseline.

I didn’t sign mine with PGP, as far as I can remember, so my
assumption was that most people don’t. Is it a new requirement?

If people are happy to sign commits with PGP then I don’t have a
problem with that, I just really don’t want to be left having to try
to talk someone through the process of setting it up.

> Concretely, how do you handle these cases? What am I supposed to do,
> when I get a patch, to check if the patch author has an assignment
> on file? Surely I can't bother Eli every time. Is it enough to take
> the author's word for it that they have an assignment? Alan, do you
> have advice on handling these situations?

I’m afraid not. Usually I check the Emacs repo to see if they’re
already in it, if not then I ask if they’ve signed the papers, and
usually Eli pops up with the answer before they reply.

> As an alternative, the attached python script implements a REST API
> to do the checking. I don't have access to fencepost, so I don't
> know what format the file tracking assignments is — I made a guess
> about that part.

I think an API makes a lot of sense.
Alan Third

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