[crux-devel] Encouraging CRUX community efforts to support CRUX developers.

Emmanuel Benisty benisty.e at gmail.com
Tue Apr 3 15:53:32 UTC 2012

Hi Danny and list,

On Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM, Danny Rawlins <monster.romster at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 01/04/12 21:07, Emmanuel Benisty wrote:
>> If some ports are behind the latest versions, I would imagine that's
>> because CRUX is lacking manpower. On the other hand, I understand that
>> CRUX can't accept any random user as a developer. Most of the time,
>> I've been updating ports by myself, on my machines, but I think it's
>> rather sad that 1. it can't benefit the whole community 2. it's a
>> duplicate effort as sooner or later, the official maintainer will
>> update those ports. I've been posting few patches on IRC or sometimes
>> sent them to maintainers by email but that is not always efficient
>> because if you're too busy to update your ports, you're most likely
>> too busy to review others' patches too. So I've been thinking about
>> the following:
>> What would you think about the creation of a community-patches-queue
>> git repo accessible by, well, CRUX community. This is how it could
>> work:
>> 1. User U has updated port P on his machine, he would then commit a
>> diff patch to community-patches-queue (we could also make a ports repo
>> out of it and encourage people to use and test those ports but that's
>> another story)
>> 2. One (or more?) CRUX developer, available at that time, would
>> volunteer to review and sign-off the patch.
>> 3. Signed-off patches are sent to the official maintainer (or
>> committed to community-patches-acked) so he could review and apply
>> them or just apply them with peace of mind if he's too busy to review
>> them fully (or even let other devs apply them?)
> I have done something smiler recently I forked the xorg repository and
> updated nearly everything except a couple of ports that would break
> things, if I post the site here it'll get this email spam filtered, it's
> been on jaegers irc log a few times. I've thought of doing the same for
> opt and perhaps contrib, but I would only be bumping stuff that I would
> be confident to do so.
> I am in opt so I guess I am a dev now, I would welcome some system
> system for more community involvement.

Thanks for your informative reply. The main difference is this would
be open to random users (i.e. trust level of zero) - as opposed to you
being a CRUX developer - hence the sign-off process proposal.

I've created a repo and slowly started to add some patches. Anyone
willing to join, please let me know your github username or repo to
pull from.

git clone git://github.com/horrorStruck/community-patches-queue.git

what's in there so far (not much):
 opt/alsa-lib-   |   59 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 opt/alsa-oss-1.0.17-1.0.25.patch     |   26 ++++++++++++
 opt/alsa-utils- |   27 ++++++++++++
 opt/gtk-2.24.8-2.24.10.patch         |   54 ++++++++++++++++++++++++
 opt/pango-1.26.2-1.28.4.patch        |   76 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 opt/syslinux-4.04-4.05.patch         |   62 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 opt/wireshark-1.6.4-1.6.6.patch      |   50 ++++++++++++++++++++++

Lastly, if you think this is just wasting bandwidth and spamming your
inbox, don't hesitate to let me know.

-- Emmanuel

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