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From Martin Sebor <>
Subject Re: A question (or two) of procedure, etc.
Date Fri, 07 Sep 2012 02:36:46 GMT
Anyone is welcome to express their opinion here, especially
if you are or have in the past contributed to the project.
The weight of the opinion is (or should be) commensurate to
the value of the contributions. I think the ASF calls this

I made the stdcxx process increasingly more formal as I learned
from my own past mistakes that a loose process makes it harder
to track changes and find the root cause of the problems they
sometimes introduce. In practical terms, I've made an effort
to have an issue, with a test case if possible, for every
change made to the code, and commit a regression test into
the test suite for every bug fix.

FWIW, in my day to day job, this is a requirement. Cisco
doesn't make a change to its code without an issue. My team
does the same with GCC changes. We find that projects that
don't follow this practice as closely (e.g., GNU Binutils),
tend to be more difficult for us to work with than those
that do.

That being said, when it comes to the stdcxx configuration
machinery, or to the test suite, I think it's fine to be
somewhat less formal. We don't need test cases for problems
in configuration tests, or necessarily even test cases
reproducing failures in library tests (although small tests
can often be more useful than the large tests we have in
the test suite). We also don't need tests for makefile bugs.
Outside of that, when it comes to changing the library, I
do recommend making an effort to create test cases and open
issues for all changes.


On 09/06/2012 12:37 PM, Wojciech Meyer wrote:
> Liviu Nicoara<>  writes:
>> What is the latest policy in what regards trivial fixes, e.g., the
>> volatile qualifier for the max var in LIMITS.cpp we discussed earlier,
>> etc.? It seems excessive to create a bug report for such issues.
> My advice based on some observations with other projects, is that in
> these cases we go just go on and apply fix. Non invasive code quality
> improvements over the codebase should be promoted not hindered. More
> risky patches, should be discussed on the list, the ones that needs
> either serious changes, attention, re-factoring, feature or fixes that
> may break something should be logged in Jira.
> So I vote for keeping the changes as lightweight as possible, and avoid
> extra bureaucracy if it makes sense. This assumption is based that
> developers here trust their selves, and run the tests often. I'm not
> subscribed to the commit list here, but if I do - I usually follow
> people's changes and assume that developers do read commit lists.
> So the general consensus from my experience with other project was: not
> sure - ask.
> That's my experience, also I don't have full rights to express my
> opinion right now about stdcxx.
>> Also, IIUC from reading previous discussions, forward and backward
>> binary compatible changes go in 4.2.x, followed by merges to 4.3.x and
>> trunk. Am I getting this right?
> Every project has certain branch strategy, I'm not sure about this so
> maybe Martin can advice. I prefer to develop on trunk and cherry pick
> to the other branches avoiding bulk merges (and that's in both
> directions).
>> Also, besides the Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, Solaris builds hosted on Apache (Jenkins)
is anybody building on HP-UX, AIX, etc.?
>> Thanks.
>> Liviu
> --
> Wojciech Meyer

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