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Re: strange log entry



On Fri, May 25, 2001 at 01:55:35AM -0700, Jacob Meuser wrote:
> >
> Well, you /could/ just check their sources.  They're on the web you 
> know.  http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb/  They're published
> in public, what more do you really want?  It's pretty easy to find
> out when and who made changes to a CVS repo, and they're pretty
> particular about proper Changelogs.

yes and how many distros/OSes, and other possible places are there
where a given peice of Free software is living in CVS, having bugs
fixed.  can you really expect the upstream maintainer to spend all
there time running around checking changelogs and cvs diffs of x many
different CVS repos?  

do you really expect some upstream maintainer to regularly check all
changes to his program in:

OpenBSD's CVS
FreeBSD's CVS
NetBSD's CVS
Redhat's rpm patches
Mandrake's rpm patches
Debian's patches
...
...
...
...

i suspect they don't have time for that.  

when debian fixes a serious bug in a package they send the patch
upstream, its just common courtesy.  a courtesy OpenBSD seems to
lack, but then that gives them an edge and opertunity to brag when the
bug is found by everyone else eventually.  

> Well, to some degree this may be true.  Sometimes the OpenBSD
> developers, Theo de Raadt in particular, kind of come off as rude
> and pretentious.  Just check the misc@openbsd mailing list archives
> for some entertaining flames :)

oh i am well aware of Theo's legendary reputation for being a complete
bastard, but i don't really think the samba maintainer is going to
leave a security hole unpatched just because Theo has an abrasive
personality... 

-- 
Ethan Benson
http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/

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