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Re: [PATCH] gnu: Add netcat-openbsd. [v2]

From: ng0
Subject: Re: [PATCH] gnu: Add netcat-openbsd. [v2]
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 22:43:15 +0000

On 2016-06-22(11:23:28PM+0200), Ludovic Courtès wrote:
> Hi!
> ng0 <address@hidden> skribis:
> > * gnu/packages/admin.scm (netcat-openbsd): New variable.
> > * patches/netcat-openbsd-0001-port-to-linux-with-libbsd.patch,
> > patches/netcat-openbsd-0002-connect-timeout.patch,
> > patches/netcat-openbsd-0003-get-sev-by-name.patch,
> > patches/netcat-openbsd-0004-poll-hup.patch,
> > patches/netcat-openbsd-0005-send-crlf.patch,
> > patches/netcat-openbsd-0006-quit-timer.patch,
> > patches/netcat-openbsd-0007-udp-scan-timeout.patch,
> > patches/netcat-openbsd-0008-verbose-numeric-port.patch,
> > patches/netcat-openbsd-0009-dccp-support.patch,
> > patches/netcat-openbsd-0010-serialized-handling-multiple-clients.patch,
> > patches/netcat-openbsd-0011-misc-failures-and-features.patch: New files.
> Sorry for joining late, but I think 11 non-trivial patches is not OK (we
> have the policy of not keeping non-trivial patches, unless they fix an
> immediate bug or a Guix-specific issue.)
> Is there an upstream for this package?

The upstream is the debian port to linux of the nc binary of OpenBSD
(see in code comment on upstream), mentioned in the package.

As I understand the binary in OpenBSD compared to Debian, and to what
Gentoo, Archlinux, Debian (and possibly every other distro) use, this
is the defacto upstream. Maybe many of those patches are not necessary
in OpenBSD, but all the Linux ports use them.
So those are bug fixes and a minority of feature fixes.
I could try to get in contact with the person who wrote the patches
in 2012 and/or the current Debian maintainer and see if they ever
tried to push the generic changes back to OpenBSD.

Second choice, I ask Debian to merge those patches into their upstream,
the tarball I downloaded did not have those patches applied.

If I can get a reason/feedback on any of these and it turns out that we
need those patches, would an exception from the policy be okay?
I can look at what they add and further comment or provide comment by
Debian upstream on why they are needed.

> Thanks,
> Ludo’.

♥Ⓐ ng0
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