[vlc-devel] Request for removal of commit rights

Bill C. Riemers briemers at redhat.com
Thu Jul 10 19:00:34 CEST 2008

It seems to me we could avoid many problems, if developers were to use
branches more frequently.

There are two primary reasons to commit code:

1. A developer has something that will really fix or improve things.

2. A developer has code they want to share with others for comments and

So long as everything is committed to the trunk, commits can only done
in case #1.   Which is really a shame, since part of collaboration is
reviewing other peoples code and providing necessary feedback.

So my suggestion would be anyone submitting code, that is not fairly
certain it meets criteria #1 should use a branch.   Once the code has
been commented on improved so it meets criteria #1, then it can be moved
onto the trunk.


Rémi Denis-Courmont wrote:
> 	Hello,
> As far as I am concerned, the conditions are not met to ensure proper code 
> quality. I have spent hundreds of hours tracking down bugs, some added by me, 
> some normal regressions, but many added by unreviewed reckless commits. And I 
> got insulted when I dared complain about committed hacks (still waiting for 
> excuses, but I don't really expect them ever).
> All I wanted was to put an end to this. It is obvious that this will go on as 
> badly as ever, if all developpers support keeping the current mode of 
> operation. If that is the case, I am not going to waste any more of my free 
> time trying to fix things. Working on new features in my own tree is much 
> more interesting. Effective now, I stop will not be doing any bug fixing 
> activity. 
> Have a lot of fun fixing bugs on my behalf.

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