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Re: Becoming a Forge Developer

From: Carnë Draug
Subject: Re: Becoming a Forge Developer
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:03:03 +0100

On 27 October 2014 18:17, JD Walsh <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi! I'm a PhD candidate in Mathematics at Georgia Tech, and right now my
> thesis work involves a LOT of Octave programming. I came across a problem
> with the `cmdscale' function in the Octave-Forge Statistics package and
> uploaded a patch for it (Patch 8559 at
> https://savannah.gnu.org/patch/?8559). A copy of the submitted patch file is
> attached.
> I'd like to make more ongoing contributions: if nothing else, when I was
> preparing `cmdscale' for submission I noticed that the closely-related
> MatLab functions `mdscale' and `procrustes' are both missing from
> Octave-Forge-Statistics. The online info about becoming a Forge Developer
> said I should post a request here, but the page is a little outdated (the
> references to `svn' on that page made cloning the current source
> ``interesting'').
> Am I in the right place? If so, I hope you like the submission (and my
> SourceForge ID is the same one I'm using on Savannah: jdwalsh). If I'm in
> the wrong place, can anyone tell me where to submit this request?


yes, you're at the right place. The developers page on the OF website [1] was
written some time ago and it's only relevant for the few packages that are
still on the old svn repository.  Nowadays, the only thing that matters is that
the released tarball is a valid package which is defined in the Octave manual.

With the move to a distributed VCS we don't give commit access to new users
as easily.  A patch is just as good and you can attach it to the tracker for
review or you can host your clone wherever you want and make pull requests.
With time, if the package maintainers requests it, we can give you push access.


[1] http://octave.sourceforge.net/developers.html

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