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Re: libtool pre-1.5b tests fail on 9 debian arches

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: libtool pre-1.5b tests fail on 9 debian arches
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2003 17:33:28 +0000
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On Sun, Sep 28, 2003 at 10:17:34AM -0500, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
> >  - If you send too many patches for review without having CVS access, then 
> > you
> >    might consider assigning copyright so that you can send more patches for
> >    review.
> The FSF guidelines specify allow to 14 lines of *total* contribution
> from an author without copyright assignment.  It doesn't take many
> small patches to reach this level.

That's right.. well I always try to assign copyright after my first patch of
commited code.

> >  - Sometimes GNU maintainers agree to give you CVS access before the actual
> >    paper signing process is complete, provided that you agree not to commit
> >    more code of your own than you're allowed to. (this is my current 
> > situation
> >    with GNU GRUB, for example).
> I believe that this practice is contrary to the agreement we sign with
> the FSF.  If word-of-mouth and personal trust was sufficient, then
> there would be no need for paper contracts.  The SCO/Linux situation
> is evidence that these are not minor issues.

Uhm.. Perhaps Okuji was confused on this. Well my signed papers for GRUB are
fortunately on the way back. I'll make sure this error doesn't happen with
me again.

> > Scott: IMO all Debian maintainers of GNU software should do this as part of
> > their maintaining task. Please request assigning copyright for past and 
> > future
> > changes to libtool by emailing "address@hidden".
> Very good idea.  However, always keep in mind that if someone sends a
> patch to a person with signed paperwork, then the recipient is not
> the author of the patch and the situation has not significantly
> improved.

I'm well aware of this.

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."

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