[pacman-dev] My $0.02 on the Frugalware v.s. Arch bit...
alex at alex-smith.me.uk
Wed Dec 27 04:06:21 EST 2006
I hope you all don't mind me writing this - I'm going to try to write it in a
way that seems neutral (i.e. not on the Arch side or the Frugalware side),
even though I'm from the Frugal side of things. And just in case you're
wondering why I'm writing this here instead of telling you, VMiklos, I think
this implies to both sides, therefore belongs here.
Anyway, I'm going to start by saying bluntly what I think: This is just
pathetic bickering. For goodness' sake, it's a package manager, not the
world's most sacred thing.
Why do I say this? Let's start with the MaxTries patch. Aaron said that
it was "not valid". I've searched the archives of this list, and I can't find
any reason for this. Yet, I've found reason for this here:
It would have been far more appropriate to say that here, then the problem
with this patch could have been rectified. However, here you just said "not
Now, about our "patch queue". This wasn't a seperate codebase, it was simply a
repo for us to develop our patches in and find/fix bugs before submitting to
upstream. It was never a fork - we simply never had upstream commit access,
so we had to do this.
Personally, I don't think we wanted to fork, however it's hard to work with
someone who says stuff is not valid without giving reason. But really,
wouldn't it be so much easier if this was the case:
1. VMiklos creates the MaxTries patch, discusses it here.
2. Other people point out any problems/flaws with it, in a relaxed manner,
rather than having a shouting match with 20 foot flames all around.
3. Problems get sorted after discussion, it gets committed.
The main point to that is the relaxed manner. I'll repeat what I said at the
beginning: this is a package manager, a small application, not something so
important that the world will blow up if something goes wrong. I really think
that we should merge back into 1 project, rather than leading 2 seperate
paths with 2 different APIs, and co-operate better, have fun coding, instead
of this bickering. Having 2 APIs would just suck - someone could come along
and create a really great libalpm frontend that works on Frugalware, and then
the Arch users will be disappointed when it won't even compile for them.
We've cooperated up until now in relaxed way, why change it.
But anyway, as I said in the topic, this is just my $0.02, so, choose to
ignore it if you wish, but I seriously think that a relaxed attitude is the
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