[Python-Dev] My patches

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Thu Oct 30 12:04:42 CET 2008

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On Oct 30, 2008, at 11:08 AM, Victor Stinner wrote:

>Since some months, I'm trying to improve Python but it's difficult because
>I'm not allowed to push patches and I have to wait for some reviews and then
>for someone interrested by my patches. Sometimes I just get a good reaction
>like "nice patch" and then nothing. Should I stop sending new patches and
>work on another project, improve old patches and send an email everydays to
>the mailing list to get some reaction?
>Barry doesn't want to release Python 3.0rc2 because of release blocker
>issues. Guido asked if the mailing list has collapsed.
>I don't understand: you want help, but some of my patches are waiting since 
>many weeks ago... The problem is not just about me, but about anyone trying 
>to contribute to Python: if it's to hard to contribute, people would just 
>move to another more reactive project.

Victor, don't despair!  Your contributions are appreciated.

Let me remind you though that I've been mostly unavailable for the past two
weeks at a work conference.  I won't have time to look at anything until
Monday at the earliest.  That's why I set the 3.0 schedule the way I did.

One of the reasons why I'm very keen on us moving to a distributed version
control system is to help break the logjam on core developers.  True, your
code will still not be able to land in the "official" branch without core
developer intervention, but you will be able to share your code, fixes,
branches with everyone in a much more live way than patches in a tracker.  It
will be much easier for others to merge your changes, test them, review them,
etc. and it will be much easier for you to track changes in the official trunk
as other code lands.

In any case, I know it's frustrating not to get good timely feedback, but such
is the nature of open source projects.  Please be patient and don't worry.
I'll look at your patches when I'm back in the real world.

- -Barry
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