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Re: [Bacula-devel] Patches


On Sat, 2008-10-25 at 11:32 +0200, Kern Sibbald wrote:
> Hello,
> 
> For some time now, I haven't really been happy with the Bacula patch 
> procedure. Basically, when we fix a bug (either from a bug report or 
> ourselves), we usually generate a patch, post it to the bug report, if any, 
> and upload it to the Bacula patches area of Source Forge.
> 
> Providing you are subscribed to the bugs database and to the bacula-patches 
> release notification on Source Forge, you will see these patches and can 
> apply them if you deem necessary.
> 
> The problems I have with this is that some people may not know about patches 
> (we see this in bug reports where a problem is already resolved with a 
> patch), and there is no formal mechanism for developers when generating a 
> patch.
> 
> We already have more work than we can handle, so any change needs to be simple 
> and not time consuming for developers, but I am wondering if anyone has 
> suggestions how to improve this.  I can think of a few:
> 
> 1. Change nothing (signing up for bugs and patch notification is already not
>     bad).
> 2. Announce patches to the bacula-devel list
> 3. Announce patches to the bacula-devel list and the bacula-users list
> 4. Announce patches to the bacula-announce list as well as the other two
>     lists.
> 5. Put patches in the news (time consuming and I doubt that many read news).
> 6. Create an rss feed (I doubt that many users use rss, and this also could be
>     time consuming).
> 
Hello, 

One thing i am missing are patched packages, rpm and also deb packages
have a mechanism to include patch files an apply during build process.

For most bacula users it would be much easier to apply patches by "rpm
-U ..." or "dpkg install ...".

Operating systems like RedHat, CentOS, SLES, Debian, ... are always at
least one step behind last official version.

An official bacula package repository (yum, apt) would be great.
Only Sourcecode an patches are released to sourceforge (maybe win32
binaries too).   

Best Regards
Ulrich


> If anyone else has ideas we would like to hear them.
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Kern
> 
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