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Re: Feature freeze progress report

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Dave Page <dpage(at)postgresql(dot)org>, Heikki Linnakangas <heikki(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>, Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Feature freeze progress report
Date: 2007-04-30 11:29:54
Message-ID: 200704301129.l3UBTsl20011@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Tom Lane wrote:
> Dave Page <dpage(at)postgresql(dot)org> writes:
> > I like the idea of having a sync point mid cycle, however, what I'd like 
> > to see even more is an improved system in which we put less pressure on 
> > the few committers we have, and give them more freedom to commit patches 
> > they may not understand fully themselves
> 
> That is a recipe for disaster :-(.  The real problem I see with the big
> patches that are currently in the queue is that I'm not sure even the
> authors understand the patches (or more accurately, all their potential
> consequences) completely.  Telling committers they should apply such
> patches without having understood them either is just going to lead to
> an unfixably broken system.
> 
> [ thinks for a bit... ]  What we need to expand is not so much the pool
> of committers as the pool of reviewers.  If a patch had been signed off
> on by X number of reasonably-qualified people then it'd be fair to
> consider that it could be committed.  The tracking system you suggest
> could make that sort of approach manageable.

I am still unclear how the patch would get into such a system, and how
we would add comments, apply, and later remove it, without causing us
even more work.

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