Debian, OpenSSL, and a lack of cooperation
Posted May 18, 2008 2:39 UTC (Sun) by giraffedata
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To communicate things like _what_?
That there was a maintainability problem (unclean Valgrind report) that might be worth fixing in the base, and that Debian intended to ship to the world a variation of Openssl with that line removed.
But "communicate things like this to [the Openssl team]" is my wording, and doesn't fairly represent Laurie's statement, which was about bidirectional communication.
Bear in mind that Laurie claims the apparent "go-ahead" from an Openssl developer was a communication gap -- that 1) he meant go ahead and do it in a debugging run, not in production; and 2) his advice was not the official, considered advice of the Openssl team, which was never contacted. I know these conclusions are extremely weak, but they are his position nonetheless.
I have on many occasions asked on a mailing list if a certain patch would be OK, been told by someone yes, and then upon submitting the patch, had it rejected. The explanation is always, "you misunderstood; I just said the general principle was OK, as far as I could see without actually looking." You get a whole different kind of review when it comes down to actually merging code.
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