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From "Everitt, Andrew" <>
Subject RE: Call for patches
Date Tue, 23 May 2000 09:49:41 GMT

I have two things which might be of interest:

* 'Modern compile' implementation (not written by me, I used something that
was posted here a couple of weeks ago!). I have at least 3 of our developers
using this and it seems to work OK :-).
* A first stab at a taskdef for interacting with Microsoft Visual
SourceSafe. It only supports 'get' from SourceSafe at the moment but should
be extensible.

If you are interested then mail me!

Andrew Everitt
Xerox Mobile Solutions, Cambridge. UK 

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: 23 May 2000 03:33
Subject: Call for patches

.duncan wrote:
>Probably too early in the game. In the requirements doc, there's a start
>at talking about how this could be done. We need to have consensus on
>that and implementation of course.

It is hard to achieve consensus when we never seem to even have a quorum.
Yes, Duncan, I'm talking about you.  And me, lately, for that matter.

Due to the recent security breach, it is difficult to get new committers.
And the same breach contributed to the downfall of the only tracking system
we have had to date - Bugzilla.

Over the next few weeks, I am going to try to commit a bunch of changes.
I'm going to look at my personal archives for this mailing list, but quite
frankly if you have something that you want added, the way to increase your
changes is to post it again.  Now.

Things I'll be looking for:

1) bug fixes.  Things obviously broken.

2) consistency.  Task A calls one thing bar, Task B calls a similar thing

3) extensibility, maintainability enhancements for taskdef writers.  Unless
it is a clear simplification, I am *not* looking for changes to build.xml
files at this time.

4) new, independent, tasks.  Preferably, something that does something
novel or different.  Ones that do *not* require changes to the "core" of

5) cleanup.  Deprecated items, for example, should ultimately be removed.

Once the ability to get new committers opens up a bit, I plan to propose a
few.  Yes, I could propose committers now, but I couldn't tell you when
they would be effective.  Furthermore, I have other things in the queue for
the people with root access that - yes, a bit selfishly - I would like to
see done first.

People I will be looking for are people with perseverance  And with
opinions.  And not necessarily ones I agree with.  It will take more than a
few sparks to keep this flame lit.

- Sam Ruby

P.S.  Please send the patches here, and not directly to me.

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