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Re: Quarteryearly reminder (ftpmaster delaying installation)

On Thu, 25 Apr 2002 04:38:02 +1000
Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> wrote:
> If he wants to deal with it, he can prepare a patch that the apt
> maintainer thinks is suitable for inclusion in apt.

(Disclaimer: I am not speaking about *this* particular case. I'm
speaking in general. While what I say may be true about this particular
case, I know neither the maintainer of apt, nor the patch submitter well
enough to judge. End disclaimer.)

What you just said assumes that the maintainer will accept a patch if it
of good quality. If the patch adds any features, and they consider the
package "feature-complete" and reject the patch as such, then what's
left except for a fork?

If they don't read email, what's left? If they have some Issues with
having code authored by other people in their application, what then? I
think I've made my point :)

It happens often enough that patches just get ignored for whatever
reason that special action should be discussed and taken. The forks I've
seen started because the original maintainer wouldn't accept a patch for
some silly reason. After a while, the forks merged.

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