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Re: Bug#133578: gdm bug #133578. Intend to NMU.

Henning Makholm <henning@makholm.net> wrote:

> Scripsit Daniel Ruoso <daniel@ruoso.com>
>> Disagreement Point: Apply or not patch in /etc/init.d/gdm to parse
>> /etc/environment and get the LANG variable setted by locales package.
>> This patch would close bug #133578.
> Wouldn't it be better to disagree about the *behavior*? Ask tech-ctte
> to decide
>     Should or should not the default configuration of gdm honor
>     a language setting in /etc/environment?
> If the decision is "yes it should", then it still ought to be the
> maintainer's decision how to achieve that behavior - either by
> applying the existing patch or by himself writing code that he is more
> happy with.

I do not agree at all. Such a generalistic statement is likely to lead
to nowhere, nothing else.

Be specific if you want to make any progress. 

The question must be something like:

    Can the maintainer refuse to apply this patch that fix a problem
    while it does not break anything and would greatly enhance the
    software for non-english speakers?

An answer to that question would end the issue.

The problem at stakes here is not really whether gdm should handle
i18n via /etc/environment. The problem is about a maintainer that
refuse to take care of many users needs (yes, i18n is not a minor part
of a GNU/Linux system) and refuse to apply harmless workarounds. 

I think normal that a maintainer of a project leader sometimes decide
to drop some contributions because they will not make further
development easier, because they create troubles. However, when it is
about a bug known since two years for which no fix is provided, and
specifically when the fix proposed does not create specific trouble,
if the maintainer still refuses that contribution, there is clearly a  
management issue. 

The nature of the patch does not matter (the only matter is the fact
that it can or cannot break parts of the program). 


Mathieu Roy

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