[Lazarus] Build configuration

Graeme Geldenhuys graemeg.lists at gmail.com
Mon Sep 27 10:25:50 CEST 2010

On 27 September 2010 09:04, Felipe Monteiro de Carvalho wrote:
> A feature request without patch is just wishful thinking.

I know that! Hence the reason I have contributing many patches before.
I know the whole "that is the way open source software works" story.
Unfortunately that ideal world doesn't always work either - patches
can be supplied with a feature request, but that is NO guarantee that
they will be accepted into the Lazarus project. My last two patches
are a case in point (a bug report + patch). So far they are just
collecting dust in Mantis (one goes as far back as April). Mantis is
full of patches waiting to be applied.

> Might I ask what prevented you from sending a patch?

Time, and the fact that it will touch quite a few deep knowledge
features of the IDE. With experience I have noticed that such patches
are really accepted (outside the ring of the core developers of

> All added features are top priority. Maybe not your top priority, but
> surely the top priority of someone else who coded (or funded) the
> implementation.

Well, Mantis currently has many patches just sitting there... so that
doesn't seem very high priority to me. Also marking a feature or patch
as target 1.0, 1.2 or post 1.2 is pretty much a slap in the face.
Considering Lazarus has been around for 10 years (I think), and still
is no closer to a "stable" or 1.0 release. So a post 1.2 target will
obviously not happen in my lifetime.

> course I would be extremely happy if people start sending patches
> which are in line with Mattias's plans for this feature and which
> accelerate the completion time.

Well, there is no roadmap for Lazarus, so I can only take a wild guess
at what Mattias's plans are. Without publishing clear
goals/targets/plans for what Lazarus wants to achieve for every
release - we (outside the core developer ring) are stuck in the dark.
This makes it rather hard to contribute towards a release goal too,
don't you think.

  - Graeme -

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