Re: Packaging and patching
Posted Aug 24, 2009 6:03 UTC (Mon) by nevyn
In reply to: Packaging and patching
Parent article: On properly packaging perl
It's frustrating when distributors change things without discussion with upstream developers, even when it's a bugfix.
Packagers don't live in an ivory tower, and the vast majority will happily accept at least co-maintainers from upstream (if not just give them the package).
We wound up fixing this issue in a very different way in 5.0.1, and we release noted it extensively. Unfortunately, distributions never bothered removing the patch, so the broken behavior continued.
So you go to all the effort of finding the bug, and documenting the correct fix etc. ... but don't bother to spend 5 minutes opening a distro. bug saying "X is the wrong fix, this is the upstream fix".
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