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1 GLEP: 1
2 Title: GLEP Purpose and Guidelines
3 Version: $Revision: 1.12 $
4 Last-Modified: $Date: 2008/06/05 06:05:32 $
5 Author: Grant Goodyear <g2boojum@gentoo.org>
6 Status: Active
7 Type: Informational
8 Content-Type: text/x-rst
9 Created: 31-May-2003
10 Post-History: 1-Jun-2003, 2-Jul-2003, 19-Jan-2008, 05-Jun-2008, 09-Mar-2011
12 Credits
13 =======
15 The GLEP concept, and, in fact, much of the text of this document,
16 is liberally stolen from Python's [#Python]_ PEPs
17 [#PEPS]_, especially
18 PEP-0001 [#PEP1]_ by Barry A. Warsaw, Jeremy Hylton, and David Goodger.
20 What is a GLEP?
21 ===============
23 GLEP stands for "Gentoo Linux Enhancement Proposal". A GLEP is a design
24 document providing information to the Gentoo Linux community, or describing
25 a new feature for Gentoo Linux. The GLEP should provide a concise technical
26 specification of the feature and rationale for the feature.
28 We intend GLEPs to be the primary mechanisms for proposing *significant* new
29 features, for collecting community input on an issue, and for
30 documenting the design decisions that have gone into Gentoo Linux. The GLEP
31 author is responsible for building consensus within the community and
32 documenting dissenting opinions.
34 Because the GLEPs are maintained as text files under CVS control, their
35 revision history is the historical record of the feature proposal
36 [#CVS]_.
39 Kinds of GLEPs
40 ==============
42 There are two kinds of GLEPs. A Standards Track GLEP describes a new feature
43 or implementation for Gentoo Linux. An Informational GLEP describes provides
44 general guidelines or information to the Gentoo Linux community, but does not
45 propose a new feature. Informational GLEPs do not necessarily represent a
46 Gentoo Linux community consensus or recommendation, so users and implementors
47 are free to ignore Informational GLEPs or follow their advice.
50 GLEP Work Flow
51 ==============
53 The GLEP editors assign GLEP numbers and change their status. The current
54 GLEP editors are Grant Goodyear and Alastair Tse. Please send all
55 GLEP-related email to <glep@gentoo.org>.
57 The GLEP process begins with a new idea for Gentoo Linux. It is highly
58 recommended that a single GLEP contain a single key proposal or new idea. The
59 more focussed the GLEP, the more successful it tends to be. The GLEP editors
60 reserve the right to reject GLEP proposals if they appear too unfocussed or
61 too broad. If in doubt, split your GLEP into several well-focussed ones.
63 Each GLEP must have a champion -- someone who writes the GLEP using the style
64 and format described below, shepherds the discussions in the appropriate
65 forums, and attempts to build community consensus around the idea. The GLEP
66 champion (a.k.a. Author) should first attempt to ascertain whether the idea is
67 GLEP-able. Small enhancements or patches often don't need a GLEP and can be
68 injected into the Gentoo Linux development work flow with an enhancement "bug"
69 submitted to the Gentoo Linux bugzilla [#BUGS]_.
71 The GLEP champion then emails the GLEP editors <glep@gentoo.org> with a
72 proposed title and a rough, but fleshed out, draft of the GLEP. This draft
73 must be written in GLEP style as described below.
75 If the GLEP editor accepts the GLEP, he will assign the GLEP a number, label
76 it as Standards Track (a better name would be nice here -- suggestions?) or
77 Informational, give it status "Draft", and create and check-in the initial
78 draft of the GLEP. The GLEP editors will not unreasonably deny a GLEP.
79 Reasons for denying GLEP status include duplication of effort, being
80 technically unsound, not providing proper motivation or addressing backwards
81 compatibility, or not in keeping with Gentoo Linux philosophy.
83 If a pre-GLEP is rejected, the author may elect to take the pre-GLEP to the
84 gentoo-dev@gentoo.org mailing list to help flesh it out, gain feedback and
85 consensus from the community at large, and improve the GLEP for re-submission.
87 The author of the GLEP is then responsible for posting the GLEP to the
88 gentoo-dev mailing list (and additionally to the Gentoo Linux forums [#FORUMS]_
89 if they so desire), and marshaling community support for it. As updates are
90 necessary, the GLEP author may check in new versions directly, or forward to
91 a Gentoo developer with commit access.
93 Standards Track GLEPs consist of two parts, a design document and a reference
94 implementation. The GLEP should be reviewed and accepted before a reference
95 implementation is begun, unless a reference implementation will aid people in
96 studying the GLEP. Standards Track GLEPs must include an implementation -- in
97 the form of code, patch, or URL to same -- before it can be considered Final.
99 GLEP authors are responsible for collecting community feedback on a GLEP
100 before submitting it for review. A GLEP that has not been discussed on
101 gentoo-dev@gentoo.org and the Gentoo Linux forums [#FORUMS]_ will not be
102 accepted. However, wherever possible, long open-ended discussions on public
103 mailing lists should be avoided. Strategies to keep the discussions efficient
104 include setting up a specific forums thread for the topic, having the GLEP
105 author accept private comments in the early design phases, etc. GLEP authors
106 should use their discretion here.
108 Once the authors have completed a GLEP, they must inform the Gentoo Council
109 [#COUNCIL]_ that it is ready for review by way of the gentoo-dev mailing
110 list. GLEPs are then reviewed at a Council meeting where the may be approved
111 or rejected outright, or sent back to the author(s) for revision. This
112 generally should be done a few weeks in advance of the actual review so as to
113 avoid the appearance of "slipping" a GLEP in without proper public review
114 by the Gentoo developer community.
116 For a GLEP to be approved it must meet certain minimum criteria. It must be a
117 clear and complete description of the proposed enhancement. The enhancement
118 must represent a net improvement. The proposed implementation, if applicable,
119 must be solid and must not complicate the distribution unduly. Finally, a
120 proposed enhancement must satisfy the philosophy of Gentoo Linux.
122 Once a GLEP has been accepted, the reference implementation must be completed.
123 When the reference implementation is complete and accepted, the status will be
124 changed to "Final".
126 A GLEP can also be assigned status "Deferred". The GLEP author or editor can
127 assign the GLEP this status when no progress is being made on the GLEP. Once
128 a GLEP is deferred, the GLEP editor can re-assign it to draft status.
130 A GLEP can also be "Rejected". Perhaps after all is said and done it was not
131 a good idea. It is still important to have a record of this fact.
133 GLEPs can also be replaced by a different GLEP, rendering the original
134 obsolete (where version 2 of a policy, for example, might replace version 1).
136 GLEP work flow is as follows::
138 Draft -> Accepted -> Final -> Replaced
139 ^
140 +----> Rejected
141 v
142 Deferred
144 Some Informational GLEPs may also have a status of "Active" if they are never
145 meant to be completed. E.g. GLEP 1 (this GLEP).
148 What belongs in a successful GLEP?
149 ==================================
151 Each GLEP should have the following parts:
153 1. Preamble -- RFC 822 style headers containing meta-data about the
154 GLEP, including the GLEP number, a short descriptive title (limited
155 to a maximum of 44 characters), the names, and optionally the
156 contact info for each author, etc.
158 2. Abstract -- a short (~200 word) description of the technical issue
159 being addressed.
161 3. Motivation -- The motivation is critical for GLEPs that want to
162 modify Gentoo Linux functionality. It should clearly explain why the
163 existing functionality or policy is inadequate to address the problem that
164 the GLEP solves. GLEP submissions without sufficient motivation may be
165 rejected outright.
167 4. Specification -- The technical specification should describe the
168 specific areas of Gentoo Linux that would be touched by this GLEP. If new
169 functionality is being introduced, what packages will that functionality
170 affect? If new policy, who will be affected?
172 5. Rationale -- The rationale fleshes out the specification by
173 describing what motivated the design and why particular design decisions
174 were made. It should describe alternate designs that were considered and
175 related work, e.g. how the feature is supported in other distributions.
177 The rationale should provide evidence of consensus within the community and
178 discuss important objections or concerns raised during discussion.
180 6. Backwards Compatibility -- All GLEPs
181 must include a section describing any issues of backwards incompatibilities
182 and their severity. The GLEP must explain how the author proposes to deal
183 with these incompatibilities. (Even if there are none, this section should
184 be included to clearly state that fact.) GLEP submissions without a
185 sufficient backwards compatibility treatise may be rejected outright.
187 7. Reference Implementation -- The reference implementation must be
188 completed before any GLEP is given status "Final", but it need not be
189 completed before the GLEP is accepted. It is better to finish the
190 specification and rationale first and reach consensus on it before writing
191 code or significantly modifying ebuilds.
193 8. Copyright/public domain -- Each GLEP must either be explicitly
194 labelled as placed in the public domain (see this GLEP as an example) or
195 licensed under the Open Publication License [#OPL].
198 GLEP Formating and Template
199 ===========================
201 GLEPs are written either in Gentoo Linux Guide-XML [#GUIDEXML]_ or in
202 a just-barely-marked-up version of plain ASCII text
203 called ReStructuredText [#ReSTHOME]_ that is then converted to HTML using
204 Docutils [#DOCUTILS]_. Using ReStructuredText GLEPs allows for rich markup
205 that is still quite easy to read, but results in much better-looking and more
206 functional HTML. Moreover, it should be straightforward to convert GLEPs to
207 Gentoo Linux guide xml [#GUIDEXML]_ if needed. GLEP 2 contains a boilerplate
208 template [#ReST]_ for use with ReStructuredText GLEPs.
211 GLEP Header Preamble
212 ====================
214 Each GLEP must begin with an RFC 2822 style header preamble. The headers
215 must appear in the following order. Headers marked with "*" are
216 optional and are described below. All other headers are required. ::
218 GLEP: <glep number>
219 Title: <glep title>
220 Version: <cvs version string>
221 Last-Modified: <cvs date string>
222 Author: <list of authors' real names and optionally, email addrs>
223 * Discussions-To: <email address>
224 Status: <Draft | Active | Accepted | Deferred | Rejected |
225 Final | Replaced>
226 Type: <Informational | Standards Track>
227 * Content-Type: <text/plain | text/x-rst>
228 * Requires: <glep numbers>
229 Created: <date created on, in dd-mmm-yyyy format>
230 Post-History: <dates of postings to gentoo-dev>
231 * Replaces: <glep number>
232 * Replaced-By: <glep number>
234 The Author header lists the names, and optionally the email addresses
235 of all the authors/owners of the GLEP. The format of the Author header
236 value must be
238 Random J. User <address@dom.ain>
240 if the email address is included, and just
242 Random J. User
244 if the address is not given.
246 If there are multiple authors, each should be on a separate line
247 following RFC 2822 continuation line conventions. Note that personal
248 email addresses in GLEPs will be obscured as a defense against spam
249 harvesters.
251 While a GLEP is in private discussions (usually during the initial Draft
252 phase), a Discussions-To header will indicate the mailing list or URL where
253 the GLEP is being discussed. No Discussions-To header is necessary if the
254 GLEP is being discussed privately with the author, or on the gentoo-dev
255 mailing list. Note that email addresses in the Discussions-To header will not
256 be obscured.
258 The Type header specifies the type of GLEP: Informational or Standards
259 Track.
261 The format of a GLEP is specified with a Content-Type header, which
262 should read "text/xml" for Gentoo Guide XML or
263 "text/x-rst" for ReStructuredText GLEPs (see GLEP 2
264 [#ReST]_).
266 The Created header records the date that the GLEP was assigned a number, while
267 Post-History is used to record the dates of when new versions of the GLEP are
268 posted to gentoo-dev. Both headers should be in dd-mmm-yyyy format, e.g.
269 14-Aug-2001.
271 GLEPs may have a Requires header, indicating the GLEP numbers that this GLEP
272 depends on.
274 GLEPs may also have a Replaced-By header indicating that a GLEP has been
275 rendered obsolete by a later document; the value is the number of the GLEP
276 that replaces the current document. The newer GLEP must have a Replaces
277 header containing the number of the GLEP that it rendered obsolete.
280 Reporting GLEP Bugs, or Submitting GLEP Updates
281 ===============================================
283 How you report a bug, or submit a GLEP update depends on several factors, such
284 as the maturity of the GLEP, the preferences of the GLEP author, and the
285 nature of your comments. For the early draft stages of the GLEP, it's
286 probably best to send your comments and changes directly to the GLEP author.
287 For more mature, or finished GLEPs you may want to submit corrections to the
288 Gentoo Linux bugzilla [#BUGS]_ so that your changes don't get lost. If the GLEP
289 author is a Gentoo Linux developer, assign the bug/patch to him, otherwise
290 assign it to the GLEP editors.
292 When in doubt about where to send your changes, please check first with the
293 GLEP author and/or GLEP editors.
295 GLEP authors who are also Gentoo Linux developers can update the GLEPs
296 themselves by using "cvs commit" to commit their changes.
298 Transferring GLEP Ownership
299 ===========================
301 It occasionally becomes necessary to transfer ownership of GLEPs to a new
302 champion. In general, we'd like to retain the original author as a co-author
303 of the transferred GLEP, but that's really up to the original author. A good
304 reason to transfer ownership is because the original author no longer has the
305 time or interest in updating it or following through with the GLEP process, or
306 has fallen off the face of the 'net (i.e. is unreachable or not responding to
307 email). A bad reason to transfer ownership is because you don't agree with
308 the direction of the GLEP. We try to build consensus around a GLEP, but if
309 that's not possible, you can always submit a competing GLEP.
311 If you are interested in assuming ownership of a GLEP, send a message asking
312 to take over, addressed to both the original author and the GLEP editors
313 <glep@gentoo.org>. If the original author doesn't respond to email in a
314 timely manner, the GLEP editors will make a unilateral decision (it's not like
315 such decisions can't be reversed :).
318 References and Footnotes
319 ========================
321 .. [#PYTHON] http://www.python.org
323 .. [#PEPS] http://www.python.org/peps
325 .. [#PEP1] http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0001.html
327 .. [#CVS] This historical record is available by the normal CVS commands
328 for retrieving older revisions. For those without direct access to the CVS
329 tree, you can browse the current and past GLEP revisions via the Gentoo
330 Linux viewcvs web site at
331 http://www.gentoo.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/gentoo/xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/
333 .. [#ReST] GLEP 2, Sample ReStructuredText GLEP Template,
334 (http://glep.gentoo.org/glep-0002.html)
336 .. [#BUGS] http://bugs.gentoo.org
338 .. [#FORUMS] http://forums.gentoo.org
340 .. [#COUNCIL] http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/glep/glep-0039.html
342 .. [#OPL] http://www.opencontent.org/openpub/
344 .. [#ReSTHOME] http://docutils.sourceforge.net/rst.html
346 .. [#GUIDEXML] http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/xml-guide.xml
348 .. [#DOCUTILS] http://docutils.sourceforge.net/
351 Copyright
352 =========
354 This document has been placed in the public domain.

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