What is the problem with ports PR reaction delays?

Big Lebowski spankthespam at gmail.com
Sat Jan 25 10:35:47 UTC 2014

On Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 12:47 AM, John Marino <freebsd.contact at marino.st>wrote:

> On 1/25/2014 01:36, Big Lebowski wrote:
> > I was hoping to get some discussion revealing how the work is organized
> > around ports PR, perhaps some ideas on improving them and I hoped that
> > people who can make decisions and changes would notice it and consider
> > them, since as they say, the squeeky wheel gets the grease, that's all.
> At
> > no point I insisted on forcing anyone to anything, and I dont think
> that's
> > neither only nor a viable solution.
> >
> > It seems obvious that current process doesnt work very well, then I'd aim
> > at reorganizing that process - it appears that there is no roles
> specified,
> > so the responsibility is blurred, and when everyone is responsible for
> one
> > thing, in practice no one is. Perhaps role assignment could be of any
> help?
> I'm not trying to be a jerk, but surely I'm coming off that way.
> Again, nobody is obligated to accept any assignment.  They have to
> volunteer to do it.  The only person that The Big Lebowski can influence
> here is himself.

You are right, but that doesnt mean we cant speak about the problem and ask
if there are other people seeing it and maybe willing to help fixing it.
That is not equal to forcing anyone to do anything, but rather in a spirit
of open source volunteering and at the end it doesnt harm anyone, even if
there's no good result out of it.

> Thus, are you volunteering for this role?  It's not my call, but if you
> really want to do clean out and triage the all PRs on an ongoing basis,
> my guess is that would be very welcome and we'd figure out a way to set
> that up.  It would definitely help, especially for those maintainer that
> "approve" patches but the PRs never get opened (or set to a better state
> than "open").

If I wouldnt care about FreeBSD and ports state and I wouldnt want to help
with that, I would have not wrote this message in first place. Yes, I would
love to help.

> At some point we'll have a new PR system, that fact might be having an
> impact on current PRs as well...

At what point? Are there any plans, someone said he's working on it, are
there any decisions? I am not trying to attack your statement, but simply
get some information about the current state of things.

> John
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