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From Jeff Trawick <>
Subject Re: Patch management
Date Fri, 21 Nov 2003 11:49:24 GMT
Stas Bekman wrote:

> Jeff Trawick wrote:
>> - make sure that the PR # is in the subject of any on-list discussion 
>> of the patch
> Why not automate this process. Change bugzilla to do the job and 
> autogenerate the right link:
> <a hred="[PATCH%20PR%20#12345]">Post 
> the patch to the httpd-dev list]</a>

In that bullet ("make sure that the PR #") I just wanted to point out that IFF 
the submitter has something technical to discuss on dev@ or wants to try to get 
support for the concept on dev@, at least make sure the subject line mentions 
the bugzilla entry.  While it is more natural to have a discussion on dev@ than 
via bugzilla, I think we should optimize for the people willing to go query 
bugzilla and see what patches are unresolved.  Right now, that means keep as 
much discussion as possible in bugzilla.

It would be great to autogenerate a dev@ post when the PatchAvailable keyword 
is added in order to give awareness to everybody.  The subject would be "[PATCH 
PR #12345] <bugzilla summary>" and the body would be the URL of the entry.  And 
if the submitter wishes to discuss on the list, they can respond to that post. 
  I just don't think we have to post the patch itself, or imply with the button 
that the patch needs to be submitted in two places.

I'm not about to mess with Bugzilla or RT or anything else.  Whoever is willing 
can pretty much make it work the way they want to and I will go along, in 
exchange for having more time to work directly on Apache.  Heck, even Gnats 
didn't upset me.  The process is not set in stone and is expected to be 
continually improved.  I just didn't want to wait for something more perfect.

> The cool thing about RT is that it does all this for you and all 
> discussions at the list are "blogged" into the bug record.

That sounds like a huge improvement.

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