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1 GLEP: 3
2 Title: Ebuild maintainter extension GLEP
3 Version: $Revision: 1.2 $
4 Last-Modified: $Date: 2003/06/02 17:37:47 $
5 Author: Caleb Tennis <caleb@gentoo.org>
6 Status: Draft
7 Type: Standards Track
8 Content-Type: text/x-rst
9 Created: 09-Jun-2003
10 Post-History: 10-Jun-2003
13 Abstract
14 ========
16 Gentoo's portage tree attempts to provide a self contained, easy to use, and
17 automatic installation procedure for as many packages as can be maintained by
18 developers.
20 This GLEP proposes allowing non-core Gentoo developers to be considered as
21 ebuild maintainers sponsored via a core Gentoo developer. This system will
22 allow more ebuilds to be available in portage with active maintainers for
23 those ebuilds.
25 This GLEP only applies to EBUILD based bugs that contain a request for a
26 package to be committed or version bumped within portage.
28 Motivation
29 ==========
31 As of the first draft of this GLEP, there are 1387 EBUILD bug requests in
32 Gentoo's bugzilla database. Many of these requests contain ebuilds that
33 have been submitted by the bug reporter and are simply awaiting a Gentoo
34 developer to sponsor the submittal of the ebuild.
38 Rationale
39 =========
41 Gentoo's portage tree already contains the most popular ebuilds for packages
42 available today. Many teams exist that are responsible for maintaining these
43 core ebuilds in the portage tree. But, for ebuilds that are not as commonly
44 used, there is no good focal point upon which to rest these ebuilds.
46 For example, any submitted ebuild that is a KDE application gets routed to the
47 KDE team. However, the KDE team may be unfamiliar with the submitted ebuild.
48 A new graphical MySQL editor may be submitted to the MYSQL team, but none of
49 the members of that team may be familiar or have the desire to learn a new
50 program to submit it to portage.
52 We want to be able to provide for as many ebuilds in portage as feasible and
53 make sure that all ebuilds have some person who is responsible for
54 maintenance.
57 Backwards Compatibility
58 =======================
60 No current policies exist that interfere with this document.
63 Implementation
64 ==============
66 Incoming ebuild bug reports should continue to be processed as normal.
68 Bug reports that *do not* contain an attached ebuild should be marked as
69 NEEDINFO. A message asking the user to create and submit an ebuild should be
70 attached to the bug.
72 Bug reports that *do* have an attached ebuild should be responded to with
73 a message asking if the reporter agrees to provide maintence and support for
74 the ebuild and package.
76 If a reporter *does not* agree to provide package maintence, the bug report
77 should be marked WONTFIX.
79 If a reporter *does* agree to provide package support, the ebuild should
80 be added to portage with a note in the ChangeLog that the reporter is
81 considered the maintainer of that particular ebuild.
83 Any incoming bug reports that are related to this ebuild should continue to
84 get processed as normal. The team that the ebuild goes to should then CC the
85 author of the ebuild. Optionally, if a docs-team member has prior knowledge
86 that the ebuild is externally maintained, he/she can add that person to the CC
87 list.
89 Security
90 ========
92 **At the very least**, all ebuilds must be looked over by the developer
93 handling the commit.
95 In no case should a submitted digest file be used. The developer is
96 responsible for creating the digest file based on an actual download of the
97 source code.
99 Potential breaches in security can still exist, however. The developer
100 handling the installation should take every step to ensure that no ebuild,
101 package, or other files have been compromised.
104 Future
105 ======
107 Current proposals to rethink Gentoo portage and bug handling (a.k.a Herds) are
108 still in negotiation. It is the intention of the author of this GLEP to evolve
109 the concept of this GLEP as the Herds concept matures and stabilizes.
112 References
113 ==========
115 .. [#GLEP2] GLEP 2, Sample ReStructuredText GLEP Template, Goodyear,
116 (http://glep.gentoo.org/glep-0002.html)
119 Copyright
120 =========
122 This document has been placed in the public domain.

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