Comment #29 on issue 188 by temporal: protobuf fails to link after
compiling with LDFLAGS="-Wl,--as-needed" because of missing -lpthread
Believe me, if we didn't have to ask you to do this, we wouldn't. We get
no profit from making it harder to contribute to our projects.
Unfortunately, Google is bound by copyright law. For comparison, the Free
Software Foundation has an even more onerous procedure that contributors
must go through:
Projects which don't do this place themselves in a legally precarious
position, and while small entities can get away with it, Google cannot. If
you think it's ridiculous, please complain to whomever makes the laws in
your jurisdiction, not us.
I'm sorry that this has taken so long to get fixed, but we haven't actually
done a release in that time. Protocol buffers is a mature project in
maintenance mode, so we just don't have enough churn -- or manpower -- to
warrant more frequent releases. You are, of course, welcome to fork the
project if you believe it is not being maintained well enough.
Redirect loops in Google sites are sometimes the result of inconsistent
cookie state. Try filling out the form in an incognito window (if you use
Chrome), or another browser, or try clearing your google.com cookies. I
suspect it will work then. I apologize for the inconvenience, and I
definitely agree that filling out a paper form would be a pain for such a
small change. That's why we have the web form. Sometimes software has
bugs; I'm sorry you hit one of ours.
If you are not interested in trying again then we will have to reject this
patch and probably leave the problem unfixed for now.
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