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RE: coreutils rm - win32 native port

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: RE: coreutils rm - win32 native port
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 16:52:49 +0100 (BST)

On Wed, 15 Aug 2007, Aviad Lahav wrote:

I'm sorry but this is getting much too religious debate,

Maintaining multi-platform utilities on which users of many of those platforms depend minute-by-minute is a tricky enterprise. I don't see any "religious debate" here, only a platform-specific versus a more general viewpoint.

If you want the updates, I'll post them (along with additional changes to
support mv & cp).

As Eric explains (and as for all GNU software), you'd need to assign copyright in them to the FSF.

If not, it's a pity - I think you're turning against your users.

Like yours, the GNU coreutils maintainers' time is limited. It's unrealistic to expect them simply to accept patches; apart from the legal aspect of copyright assignment, there is the maintenance burden. You've offered to take that on, which is great, but it's hardly surprising if the maintainers don't immediately believe that's going to work out. These things have to be taken a step at a time!

It's great that you've offered to write and maintain a win32 port; it is perhaps possible, though, that you haven't appreciated how much work that is, and in particular that it's not simply a question of writing code. If you can commit to the required work, then do be patient and persevere, and you may be able to make a contribution that will benefit many GNU users on Windows.

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