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Re: grub-0.93-win32-iso9660.diff

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: grub-0.93-win32-iso9660.diff
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 16:24:42 +0000
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On Wed, Sep 03, 2003 at 04:18:25PM +0100, Yoshinori Okuji wrote:
>  --- Robert Millan <address@hidden> wrote: > 
> > I'm interested in your grub-0.93-win32-iso9660.diff patch and would like
> > to get it integrated in GRUB CVS.
> That is not your task: One who decides if a feature should be added is the
> maintainer (at least, ultimately). In this project, it is ok for you to commit
> any patch yourself, but only if it is just a bug fix or it is approved by the
> maintainer (i.e. me).

Excuse me then, I didn't mean to do it without your approvation. Although
it wasn't clear to me wether such approvation was implicit. It is clear to
me now.

> As I have been saying many times, adding a new feature must be a conservative
> process. Otherwise, you will get many bugs and enourmous complaints from the
> users, and you will have difficulty in keeping backward compatibility.
> Please follow this rule: do not add any new features unless they are critical,
> until 1.0 is released.


> Are you sure that the features would not unstabilize the existing features? Is
> the code clean enough? It the code consistent with the existing code? Is there
> any good documentation? Do you believe that the implementation is the best way
> to realize such features?
> If you still think the patch should be applied even after reading those
> questions, please send me the changelog and a short documentation about how to
> use the new features. Then, I will judge.

Is there a generic answer for these questions when applied to adding a new

> P.S. I think you now understand why it is important to be a maintainer. :)

A bit better, I think :)

Robert Millan

"[..] but the delight and pride of Aule is in the deed of making, and in the
thing made, and neither in possession nor in his own mastery; wherefore he
gives and hoards not, and is free from care, passing ever on to some new work."

 -- J.R.R.T, Ainulindale (Silmarillion)

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