BIND 9 ARM, html/pdf not in the source?

G.W. Haywood bind at
Mon May 17 10:23:09 UTC 2021

Hi there,

On Sun, 16 May 2021, Ond?ej Sur? wrote:
> On Sun, 16 May 2021, Chuck Aurora wrote:
> > On Sun, 16 May 2021, Ond?ej Sur? wrote:
> > 
> > > ... yes, you need ISC GitLab account to create new issues (unless
> > > it's a security vulnerability then OpenPGP encrypted email is
> > > accepted). We need to interact with the reporters from the issue and
> > > we think this is a reasonable requirement.
> > 
> > FWIW I do not agree.
> ... I don't think it's too much to ask a little bit of inconvenience
> from the users, so we can actually focus on fixing bugs and
> improving the software.

I feel strongly that I should chime in with my experiences of trying
to use Git/Web interfaces to report issues.  Not, I hasten to add,
issues with BIND - I don't recall ever trying to use ISC's GitLab and
I'd have no particular issues with creating an account except that I'd
try to make sure that it could never be linked to me by criminals when
it's almost inevitably compromised.

I don't want this to sound like an attempt to pour fuel onto the flames
but insisting on Git/HTTP is not just "a little bit of inconvenience".

After finding it necessary to download tens of megabytes of source to
make a ten character change to the code, and finding that the little
'Commit' button that you have to press to the pull request would not
come out of its greyed-out state no matter what I do, and on enquiry
after some hours of digging being told that I need to use a different
browser (I use Palemoon; one suggestion was Firefox), I've now reached
the point that if it says 'http' and 'git' I will look for the little
'X' in the tab near the top of my browser window.  Call me a dinosaur
if you like but after wasting much time on it, I flatly refuse to even
try to use a Git/Web interface any more.  If I expected to use it all
day every day things might be different, but for chipping in a minor
report or small improvement the bars to entry seem to be set too high.
If I found a mistake in the ARM I'd cheerfully send an email, but I'd
never even consider navigating through a GitLab maze to do the same
thing and I'd just keep quiet about it.

There is an email interface for GitLab.  It requires no account to be
created by the user.  You get to keep the single repository of wisdom.

Would it be too onerous for the ISC to make this available?



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