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Re: [yast-devel] What to do with bugs for unmaintained modules?
On 11.8.2014 17:13, Steffen Winterfeldt wrote:
Hi,

there's quite some bugs in yast2-maintainers for modules without official
maintainer.

Instead of asking around, trying the previous maintainer, or the unlucky
last patch submitter I suggest to prepend [MODULE_NAME] to the subject and
leave the bug in yast2-maintainers. And everyone looking for something
to do
and/or feeling responsible in this area can pick it up and assign to
him/herself.

What do you think?

I'm looking at it from a bit different point of view, but your suggested solution would work.

In the old times, we had quite some developers and everyone had several modules to maintain. These people are away now and we will most probably not have the same number of developers anymore. In the old times, bugs have waited for these developers to come back from vacation, hospital, etc.

How I'd like to see it in the future, is a bit more agile way: Almost anyone can fix almost any code, especially if the API is clean, variables have understandable names, methods are self-explanatory, etc. This is the way we should go. And using code reviews helps that a lot. Obviously, we need experts for this and that as nobody can understand everything, but well-defined API hides the complexity.

We will be losing people and also getting new. This model of giving all your modules to someone else when leaving can't work, but the new model already works well in some areas. That's also one of the reasons why we have to refactor and cleanup the code a bit everytime we touch it.

Steffen, your proposal IMO works even for what I think that we should be targeting. These vertical silos have to be replaced with horizontal approach. It's vitally important for Yast to survive in the 21st century.

Thanks
Lukas

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Lukas Ocilka, Systems Management (Yast) Team Leader
Cloud & Systems Management Department, SUSE Linux
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