[Slackbuilds-users] Policy to modify someone else's script

Alan Hicks alan at lizella.net
Tue Oct 23 19:33:14 UTC 2007

Deak, Ferenc wrote:
> There was a mail about the ocaml build script yesterday. While I was
> checking the
> script I made, I realised that the script was modified by  "core
> <eroc at linuxmail.org>".
> He bumped up the version which is OK, but made unecessary changes also.
> I think it would be better to set up a rule, which says that:
> before modifying someone else's script please contact with original
> author to discuss the changes.

Trouble with such a rule is that there's simply no way to enforce it.  For
the record, I don't even think this is needed in most cases for the
following reasons.

1- Usually when some one submits a script that he didn't do most of the work
on, it's usually because it's a simple version bump where the only necessary
change was to VERSION.
2- If anyone complains about a build script being out of date on the irc
channel, we'll generally tell them to contact the original author unless the
version bump is as simple as point 1.
3- Even then, people e-mail me to tell me that postfix or dovecot or
something else has released a new version and would like for me to update my
script.  Often, they've already done "1" themselves and will tell me so.

> And even I'm going further: Because the sbo maintainers has limited
> time to understand each package, perhaps it is better to involve the
> original author to the acceptance process, when somebody else made any
> changes.

I've argued before that eventually we will have to do something along those
lines as the project keeps getting bigger and bigger.

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise,
Than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:5

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