Non-responsive maintainer?

Jody Bruchon jody at jodybruchon.com
Fri Jun 5 03:41:13 UTC 2020


Understood. Be well.

On June 4, 2020 9:45:39 PM EDT, Eli Schwartz <eschwartz at archlinux.org> wrote:
>On 6/4/20 9:01 PM, Jody Bruchon wrote:
>> If things hang for too long, I'd be willing to fork the project and
>> maintain it so it can keep on chugging. I'm not as good as Denys
>> though. Can't promise my mailing list replies will be bottom-posted
>> though ;-)
>
>Why are we YOLO forking busybox again?
>
>The last commit by Denys was 2 weeks ago, not 4 months:
>https://git.busybox.net/busybox/commit/?id=45fa3f18adf57ef9d743038743d9c90573aeeb91
>
>As a general rule of thumb, one should really not be forking and trying
>to take over a project rather than having it granted by the previous
>maintainers. You'd need to have a very good rationale to convince
>people
>to follow the fork, and for a pretty important project, also a pretty
>sterling reputation in addition to a lengthy history of contribution.
>On
>which note there are people with a bit more than 3 commits, who may be
>somewhat more reliably invested in its future.
>
>"I think the maintainer died of COVID-19" might be a good reason, but
>you should probably wait a bit longer before deciding that... sometimes
>people are just busy, you know?
>
>The previous commit was April 30, 3 weeks before the latest one, which
>is now 5 weeks ago today, and corresponds to Denys' most recent post to
>this list:
>http://lists.busybox.net/pipermail/busybox/2020-April/087936.html
>
>The push before that was on February 26, the tail end of a couple of
>weeks that saw a flurry of activity, then nothing again between
>February
>13 and January 29 (several patches landed that day), then other than
>one
>patch on January 14, nothing since December 3.
>
>tl;dr there's nothing deviant about this activity pattern. It also,
>from
>a cursory overview, roughly corresponds to Denys' activity on the
>mailing lists. Nothing deviant there either.
>
>So if you feel this is problematic and busybox could use more activity,
>then I'm sure you can all start a discussion about how its developer
>doesn't prioritize it enough. But can we not start wild conspiracy
>theories about him disappearing? And can we not threaten to fork it in
>retaliation?

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