Who actually does have root? [was Re: Respository ...]

Luc Verhaegen libv at skynet.be
Sun Nov 28 13:01:20 PST 2010

On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 06:40:54PM +1000, Dave Airlie wrote:
> We could probably better define this sort of things, again fd.o has
> been a pretty haphazard setup based on volunteer time and effort, but
> again hopefully we can get some escalation procedures in place that
> are less public.
> Dave.

In fact, more visibility is what is needed, not less!

Just like with the fundamental change that happened with the X.org 
board earlier this year: we need to know who is doing what, before we 
can trust it.

In my very first email i asked who all had root access to the fd.o 
machines. I haven't got an answer to that yet.

>From irc, the day after this broke out, i saw that ajax and daniels 
suspended their own fd.o root accounts, but keep their x.org accounts?
Why only fd.o and not X.org? Why only suspension and not taking away 
this access?

Is this really how people want to run a free software project? Where 
only political affiliation means that your code is safe?

And WTF, searching through my irc log, i dug up this:

--- Day changed Fri Nov 19 2010
04:13 < alanc> someone leave a git repo writable by too many people?  
04:14 < cjb> looks like a perfectly normal ajax commit to me
04:14 < alanc> except he usually signs his as ajax, not 
root at jerkcity.com
04:15 < cjb> was kidding :)
04:15 < alanc> not that I'm disagreeing with the new autogen.sh there, 
given it was the only commit in the last 6 months, but it would be more 
useful on master
04:17 < mjg59> I'm not sure that that branch has always been there

WTF? Alan, why did you not act on this? Why didn't you mail 
admins at fd.o?  Why are you spending your time bashing me for blowing this 
open, and not talking to the admins, while all you did was 1) put this 
on irc 2) shrug and walk away.

Do you find this acceptable behaviour for the secretary of the X.org 

Since i am pasting irclog, attached is more irc log, showing several 
people at their best (including me).

Luc Verhaegen.

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