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Re: Ubuntu/Debian cooperation [was: Complaint about #debian operator]

On Thu, 15 Dec 2005, Matthew Palmer wrote:
> > OTOH, I've seen a number of ubuntu patches which were blatantly wrong,
> > where the maintainer clearly didn't grok the package they were changing.
> *This* irritates me mightily.  The reason, as given by a MOTU when I asked

It irritates us all.  But I'd rather have substandard patches submitted
(just don't expect me to not go medieval on anyone adding a [patch] tag to
something that is clearly crap) than losing the good ones along with the
substandard filth.

I'd say a good rule of thumb for someone submitting patches that they know
are a lot less than perfect is:

  1. don't add the patch tag.  That tag is usually perceived as "you need
     only apply the attached patch to fix the bug", and half-baked crap does
     not deserve that tag in Debian.

  2. explain the problem and say "we have applied the following workaround
     in the meantime", and then attach the patch.

I fail to see why anyone would get pissed at a bug report that followed the
above points.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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