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Re: Our (in)ability to do releases?

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2006-07-10 14:52:40 CEST

On 7/9/06, Daniel Berlin <dberlin@dberlin.org> wrote:

> Sorry, I don't believe this at all. All the time we've spent has been
> waiting for RC's to be rolled and getting signatures, not waiting for
> features to be fixed.

Well, yes and no. We've certainly burned a lot of time on that, but
we've also burned a lot of time waiting for BDB 4.4 fixes (and for
someone not very familiar with that code (uhh, me) to get up to speed
enough with it to finish those fixes off), something that IMO is
likely to happen more and more as we go down the road of having
multiple implementations of a given subsystem. If everyone (for some
values of "everyone") uses fsfs, it's harder to get people to work on
bdb, so problems there take longer to fix. I don't have a solution to
that problem, but I think it's a part of the issue. As someone else
pointed out in this thread, we had a similar set of issues with
1.3.x's python bindings changes, because we had limited numbers of
people who could address the bugs. When the bus factor is low, this
kind of problem happens. Historically svn has had a high bus factor
in most parts of the code, but unfortunately not in all of them...

-garrett

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