Low traffic on maintainers@

Peter FELECAN via buildfarm buildfarm at lists.opencsw.org
Thu Jan 2 10:24:59 CET 2014

Dagobert Michelsen via buildfarm <buildfarm at lists.opencsw.org> writes:

> Hi folks,
> (f’up on maintainers@ after some discussion with Maciej)
> Am 29.12.2013 um 14:49 schrieb Maciej Bliziński <maciej at opencsw.org>:
>> On Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 04:43:49PM +0100, Dagobert Michelsen wrote:
>>> Am 28.12.2013 um 13:49 schrieb Maciej (Matchek) Bliziński <maciej at opencsw.org>:
>>>> Did you notice how quiet the maintainers mailing list has become? 25 messages compared to ~130 in previous years, I'm wondering if something's wrong?
>>> I'm afraid nothing is wrong and people are just moving away :-( Rupert announced
>>> to not use Solaris any more, Phipsy also, and very few new maintainers.
>> Yes, maybe it's a fundamental problem where the use of Solaris goes
>> down, and the general interest in packages does too.
>> We had an influx of new people at some point, but it did not result in
>> too much actually built packages. We've failed to follow up on them for
>> more than a year and I fear that the opportunity is gone. For example,
>> I contacted axisys, he responded and said wants to create a package with
>> something, and he disappeared again.
>> I think we've lowered the entry barrier, but maybe our packaging system is
>> still arcane and based on tribal knowledge?
>> Maciej
>> P.S. Feel free to move this conversation to maintainers at .
> For me I can say I am spending more and more time doing actually upstream work
> like porting, communicating build issues and inspecting our buildbot results.
> This generally raises the bar on actual packaging work for me, unfortunately
> I can’t see a way around this.

Probably the most significant mailing list is the devel one. There is
activity but I agree that it's quite low and it reflects some intrinsic
characteristics of our community, one of them being its small size.

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