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Re: bugfix patch reviewing

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: bugfix patch reviewing
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 20:46:09 -0200

Changes which look innocuous can cause problems in other areas. I'd
like to request that the frogmeister be responsible for running each
change through the regression test, ie.

  git checkout pristine
  make test-baseline
  git-apply-patch bugfix
  make check

For the rest, the patches should be reviewed, and in the case of
bugfixes, accompanied by a regtest file;  I trust Carl's judgement to
not apply what he is not comfortable with.

On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 12:40 AM, Graham Percival
<address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> How much oversight should the Frog patches receive?  These patches
> have been reviewed by Carl.  They compile cleanly, adhere to our
> code standards (to the extent that Carl understands them), and
> appear to fix the bug.
> I see three proposals:
> 1)  Let Carl commit whatever patches he has reviewed.
> 2)  Require that each patch be reviewed by a "Core developer"
> (Han-Wen, Jan, or Joe).
> 3)  Let Carl commit whatever he's fairly certain is good, and ask
> for help with whatever he doesn't understand.  If somebody like
> Werner or Reinhold says "sure, looks ok", then he goes ahead and
> commits.
> I would *really* like the turnaround to be 3 days or less.  One of
> the reasons that GDP worked so well is that contributers received
> prompt feedback; it's very disheartening to have your work waiting
> in limbo for a week.
> I know that option #2 with a 3-day turnaround places more burden
> on the core developers, but I'm hoping that it would be worth it.
> After a few months of being the FrogMeister, Carl should be
> familiar enough with lilypond that he can approve + commit simple
> patches on his own.  By the end of GOP, we should have enough
> people knowing enough about lilypond that we should be safe from
> the dreaded open source "Getting Hit By A Bus(tm)" phenominum.
> (aside: a quick google search reveals that this phrase is common
> in North American businesses.  The first time I heard it was from
> Linus Torvalds, so I assumed it was an open-source thing.)
> Cheers,
> - Graham

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