[Kst] ASCII datasource... how do we procede ?

George Staikos staikos at kde.org
Wed Feb 9 03:08:22 CET 2005

On Friday 04 February 2005 12:26, Brisset, Nicolas wrote:
> I'd like to know how we can proceed regarding the changes I submitted. I
> consider for granted that having a specialized CSV datasource is a good
> idea and that someone (who ?) will do it eventually.
> But as I see things that does not answer all needs and we still have to
> provide more options to the general ASCII datasource, even if we
> probably have to set defaults in such a way that things continue to work
> as usual without the need to configure anything (in fact, it should be
> that way currently).
> I see many possible options and I'd like to have your opinion:
> 1) even though my changes are invasive, they get committed and cleaned
> up (or the other way around)

   Here's the problem with this.  I don't get paid to do this (I have to do it 
on my own time), I have to make sure they mesh with the requirements of 
planck and blast, I have to review them for performance and stability, and I 
have to merge them with the code in HEAD without compromising stability of 
HEAD.   This is not easy for me. :-)

> 2) my changes can't be committed and I have to provide smaller patches
> activating changes in steps (probably nicer as regards cvs, but a lot
> more work for me and it will have to wait as I won't have time before a
> least 10-15 days !)

    This will most certainly accelerate things in a big way.

> 3) someone else makes the required changes based on what I provided and
> commits them as appropriate.

   This is quite likely to happen if #2 doesn't.  Piece-by-piece, as the 
changes are reviewed and determined to be requirements for planck or blast, 
they are committed.  We know we want at least some of the things in your 

> 4) nothing gets changed and I feel sad :-(

   We definitely don't want this.

> Just out of curiosity, has anybody tried out my modified ASCII
> datasource ? If so, how did it feel ?

   Not yet.  I've been preoccupied with other things recently.  Later in March 
things should slow down, so if I haven't tried it by then, I expect that will 
be the time.

George Staikos
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