[mythtv] development process
D. Hugh Redelmeier
hugh at mimosa.com
Tue Oct 3 00:04:23 UTC 2006
Last week, I came across a previously observed bug in mythreplex,
learned how to build Myth, isolated the bug, added the information to
TRAC, and proposed a fix in the email list.
My suggested fix has been ignored without comment. Another fix has
been adopted, so that is OK. Except that I think that my fix is
One trouble with my fix is that it was more extensive: I rewrote a
routine instead of changing the callers to work around its bug. My
rewritten routine is simpler than the original.
How should I have proceeded to get my fix adopted?
Without a test suite, it seems very likely that fixes could introduce
new bugs. Has any thought been given to adding a test suite?
PS: in my brief experience with Myth source, I've seen a number of
small things that could be improved. Not worth destablizing the
programs, but stylistic improvements that I should have long-erm
benefits in readability and maintainability. Is there a consensus of
"if it ain't broke don't fix it", or, alternatively, "lets polish this
thing until it shines"?
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