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Re: Our (in)ability to do releases?

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2006-07-10 14:49:11 CEST

On 7/10/06, Lieven Govaerts <lgo@mobsol.be> wrote:

> 1. We only have one RM, nobody seems to be able to replace him? What time is
> needed for someone to learn the skills of releasing svn? Is it fully documented?

It is not that we don't have anyone who can replace him. We have
people who could do so, it's simply that most people don't feel
comfortable standing up and saying "hey, this is taking way longer
than it should, mind if I take over for you" because it implies that
the current RM isn't doing their job. Now we know that's not the case
at all, it's just a matter of volunteer work taking the back seat
compared to things that are more important, but it's still difficult
to make that leap to asking someone to step back from the job they've
volunteered for.

> 2. Making+publishing a release apparently is very a time-consuming manual
> process. Gathering the required signatures for the Windows .zip file proved to
> be very difficult, probably because there aren't many full committers working
> on Windows?

This is a problem, yes.

> 3. Nobody seems to be owning this release. I'd expect that someone would take
> the lead in having and closing the discussion on the bdb fixes, motivate people
> to write the changelog, enquiring the RM on the status of RC packages etc. I
> maybe mistaking, but I guess this is something that Karl or Ben have been doing
> for previous releases?

Normally the RM does that.

> It's the holiday season now, I think it's going to be difficult to release 1.4
> before the beginning of september; while this means people will have to wait
> two months longer, we have the opportunity to fix even more of the open issues.

I think August is a more reasonable timeline, personally.

If nobody objects, I'd be willing to start picking up some of the RM
tasks myself, I just don't want to step on anyones toes here.

-garrett

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