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Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
No, Bob did not "chime in". He was specifically Cc'd on the list to ask
his opinion on how to best structure the ImageMagick packages given an
obvious (and already discovered by the time he was contacted) problem with
shared library naming. Why he was contacted instead of you is on Chuck
Wilson's head -- my guess is because his name was sprinkled all over the
ImageMagick ChangeLog/CVS log relating to the build process.
1) I'm the maintainer of libtool for cygwin. Bob is one of the
official upstream maintainers of libtool. During summer 2002 and up
thru November 2002, I was working with Bob on fixing some libtool issues
-- and his "test bed" for these *libtool* changes was the ImageMagick
codebase. In retrospect, it seems that this was BEFORE GraphicMagick
forked -- so I presume that at THAT time, Bob was a "developer in good
standing" with the IM team. I gather, tho, now that I've scanned the
relevant mailing lists, that even then there was some discord developing.
2) Some time later, Bob emailed ME privately asking about the
procedures for contributing a package to cygwin -- something called
"GraphicsMagick" that *I* believed was an addon to ImageMagick. Bob
specifically asked about "do I need to also contribute prereqs". The
answer, of course, was "Yes, all official packages may only depend on
other official packages." and I never heard anything on the subject again.
I assumed that IM was a prereq for GM, and that Bob was unwilling to
provide IM as a package, just to enable him to provide his "add-on" GM
package. I viewed this as a fairly sane decision since IM (and GM, of
course, now that I've learned that it is a fork of IM) are each a
gigantic beast of a package...
So, when a question arose concerning IM, libtool, library versioning
issues, and packaging it for cygwin -- of course I thought of Bob. (Why
would *I* take it upon myself to go ask the upstream IM maintainer
something? That would've been stomping all over Harold's turf! But I
*could* go ask *my* contact, with whom *I* had worked on IM
previously... I had no knowledge of the fork, or the dispute that
caused it, at the time)