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From David Crossley <>
Subject Re: fixing bugs in trunk or branch
Date Tue, 08 May 2007 07:48:35 GMT
Ferdinand Soethe wrote:
> I'm sorry to have stepped out of line.

Hmmm, please don't see it like that. This community
is small and we need to try to work efficiently.
At the same time, we need to enable developers like you,
who need to support older versions, a way to do it.

I reckon that many committers would be frightened
to need to maintain old versions, as well as trunk.
We have enough trouble finding a bit of time to spend
on developing things in trunk.

> I hadn't found Cyriaques solution
> when I looked for it. So I tracked down the bug on my own (in far too
> much time) and wanted to share the work with others. That's all.

Sorry that it has blown up. As usual the
discussion turned into something else.

(Although i am very glad that this caused
Nicola Ken's proposal at FOR-631 to re-surface.)

> What I don't get: Had I found Cyriaques solution and copied it in .7
> what would have been different? It still would have required testing
> give that .7 is a different environment that .8. It still would have
> only been me to test it given.
> We still wouldn't be sure that it really works.

I don't think that the issue was about testing,
rather about primarily fixing issues in trunk.
And the orginal query wondered what poor Ferdinand
was doing so far out in the branches. :-)

> And I may be mistaken here but I thought the version I fixed is a yet
> unreleased update to a released version. Not?


> Best regards,
> Ferdinand
> P.S. One thing I really really disliked about commercial software was
> the fact that you were always forced into upgrading because bugs would
> only get fixed in new releases.

Yes, open source development provides a way.
However small communities have difficulty.


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