[Geany-devel] Patch Tracker

Matthew Brush mbrush at xxxxx
Fri Jun 10 00:09:28 UTC 2011

On 06/09/11 10:40, Thomas Martitz wrote:
> Am 27.05.2011 23:31, schrieb Matthew Brush:
>> Hi,
>> Would it be useful for someone with admin rights on SourceForge.net to
>> create a "Patch Tracker"? I've seen some projects with this[1].
> We, at Rockbox, are in the process of abandoning our patch tracker.
> Because it has grown to host over 400 patches, nice ones as well as bad
> ones, which nobody looks at.
> We made the following observation after years with a patch tracker. If
> core developers are rare or lack time or can't otherwise regularly look
> at the patches (which is the case for Geany too), it will become a place
> to let patches rot.
> The problem is that a patch tracker creates the idea that once a patch
> is uploaded the project is responsible for them and not the contributor.
> This means the contributor is less motivated to work on the patch to
> make it committable or to pester developers.
> The way I see it is that a patch tracker will not work for Geany.

So it's better to let them rot in the (non-searchable) archives of a 
mailing list?  It's at least a bit better than the current situation, 
since it's easier for a core developer to see a list of outstanding 
patches in one page, and people down the road can see the patches and 
update them to work with newer versions later if they get forgotten.

Of course, like you said, if nobody looks at it ever, it's still pretty 

Matthew Brush

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