Yesterday I wrote a mail to the devel list asking to swap some reviews. One of
the persons who responded is Konrad Meyer. The 2 packages he wants me to review
in return are both java packages.
His message got a reply from Lubomir Kundrak, stating that he has a couple fo
java packages under review too, which are currently blocked on F-GUIDELINES,
because the java packaging guidelines are not finished.
I find this somewhat strange and leading to chicken and eggs problems. I find
the current situation with ocaml where with the initial pakage submissions some
draft guidelines (which I helped write a little) were written and then used
during review, moving forward with a best foot forward concept.
I find blocking packages waiting for guidelines counter productive, both in
general and esp. because often first more experience is needed to write
The only important guideline to get right from the start is the naming rules,
as to avoid lots of renames later, which we did with ocaml.
So do we really want package reviews to be stalled waiting for guidelines
issues other then legal ones (which ofcourse must stall until resolved) ?
Esp, with java packages I find this strange as we already have lots of java
packages in the distro, giving plenty example how we currently do java things,
and this seems to work well.