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How to set up the libwww contributors

From: <jose.kahan@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 18:48:12 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-Id: <200006151648.SAA11980@tuvalu.inrialpes.fr>
To: Fox One <rockman66_1999@yahoo.com>
CC: www-lib@w3.org
Hello,

In our previous episode, Fox One said:

> Perhaps the W3C can create an alternate/
> experimental CVS directory that allows
> users to update it with their changes. 

I think that we need a core team responsible for handling the patches.
If a patch is troublesome, the core team can discuss it between themselves.
And this core team should be the only ones that have write access to
the CVS base. Otherwise, we may have a big lose of time.

What do we need for applying patches?

What I do myself is that I try to generalize the patches I do to Amaya before
moving them to the current libwww CVS branch. 

I also try to test them as far as possible, with amaya and seeing if some
of the other libwww applications still work correctly. These are targeted
tests.

But, I do have to say, libwww is _big_ and sometimes one fix can break
something else. So, when I feel ok with my patch, I commit it, mail
a message to the list,  and keep an eye open for eventual bug reports from 
the list.

I'd really like to have some kind of core team here. I'm currently slowly
applying patches, but I'll have to stop soon to do other things and who
can continue doing this? I know some essential things about libwww and
other people know other things. We can all gain time and continue making
libwww live with a core team. Without it.. the perspectives aren't too
bright.

To be honest, my main interest in libwww is that I use it in Amaya.
So, I have the obligation of fixing bugs that we find. If we can't find
a core team, should we stop libwww? I could continue just fixing the
bugs I find in Amaya and that would be about it. 

As I said in other postings, libwww belongs to its user community, so it's
up to us to keep it alive and make it go ahead.

What do you think? :)

Cheers,

-Jose
Received on Thursday, 15 June 2000 12:48:16 GMT

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