Making it easier to contribute non-functional changes

Brent Yorgey byorgey at
Mon Oct 4 16:15:52 EDT 2010

On Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 12:03:22PM -0400, Johan Tibell wrote:
> Hi all,
> During the work on the containers library, I felt that it's too
> difficult to contribute non-functional changes to the libraries
> managed by the libraries list. If you look at repos of libraries
> managed by individuals, rather than the libraries list, you see a
> smattering of small changes that improve: the internal structure, the
> docs, the tests, and (if you're lucky) the benchmarks of the library.
> I'd like to see (and make) more non-functional changes to the core
> libraries, but currently I feel that the overhead of creating a
> ticket, writing an email, etc., is too large; what should be a
> 5-minute change stretches to over two weeks. I argue that's the reason
> we don't see many small, but important, changes to the core libraries.
> Proposal:
> Non-functional changes should be allowed without review by the
> libraries list. Such changes can be commited directly, if the commiter
> has access to the repo, or attached to a "please merge" ticket on the
> bug tracker.

+1 from me.  I know I'd probably submit some minor documentation
enhancements and the like if the process was a bit easier for such


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