[Python-Dev] how bugfixes are handled?

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Fri Feb 17 00:21:26 CET 2006

Arkadiusz Miskiewicz wrote:
> I wasn't, thanks for information.
> Still few questions... one of developers/commiters reviews patch and commit
> it? Few developers has to review single patch?

As Neal says, a single committer can review and commit. However,
non-committers can also review; this is the point of asking for
patch reviews. In many cases, the initial patch will not be "good
enough": it will lack documentation and test cases, it will contain
bugs, not follow the code formatting guidelines, and it will make
changes irrelevant to the issue being addressed ("gratuitous changes").

A reviewer is supposed to sort these all out, and then end up with
a final recommendation ("accept" or "reject"). Of course, if it is
going to be "reject", there is little point in making the submitter
comply with formal criteria.

Ideally, a committer then will only have to read the entire review
process, agree with it step-by-step, and commit the proposed change.

As a historical note: people doing a lot of reviews eventually end
up as committers, just because it is easier for the other committers
if they also do the final step.


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