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From Daniel Shahaf <>
Subject Re: Accepting patches in a podling
Date Tue, 14 Sep 2010 02:22:28 GMT
Benson Margulies wrote on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 22:03:12 -0400:
> However, I thank Joe for pointing out that I was careful to avoid stating a
> requirement when I didn't know that one existed.

Thanks for clarifying.  To summarize, having all patches go via JIRA is
one possible way of working, but there is no requirement to use it ---
other ways are possible too.

> I've never hung out on an ASF project that (still) used email patches as the
> common practice, so I was unaware of it.
> So, if you asked me, I'd say that using JIRA or BZ items is good
> organizational hygiene, giving more people visibility into the process and
> making it harder to drop a good contribution on the floor -- but if you have
> a working system involving an official mailing list, you have a working
> system.

FWIW, what Subversion uses:

Briefly, all patches go to dev@, and only the unlucky patches that
were neither applied nor rejected get stashed in the issue tracker
to avoid being dropped on the floor.

> On the other hand, I think that we all agree that a patch mailed by personal
> email to a committer who commits it is not a good thing.

Yup.  The difference being whether or not the dev list is CCed.

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