On Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 11:42 AM, Markos Chandras <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 08/06/2011 04:33 PM, Matt Turner wrote:
>> On Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 6:00 AM, Markos Chandras <email@example.com>
>>> I never said to completely drop these arches. When did I say that?
>>> I just want a more realistic approach on how well an arch is
>>> supported. Why you people are afraid to admit that we have
>>> problems? Having an arch with constantly >200 stabilization bugs
>>> open clearly proves that the manpower cannot handle the situation.
>> I think it's important to put some numbers on this.
>> x86 80 2 13 amd64 40 1 7
> This is just hilarious :) The numbers of developers are not even close
> to reality
Same situation with the rest of the architectures, really.
>> The only architecture that is seriously backlogged in ppc, which is
>> probably due to the fact that we used to have lots of users. Just a
>> couple of weeks ago, ppc64 was in the same situation, until
> What if xarthisius, armin76, me and jer take 3 months off? What an evil
> scenario :). The problem is when an architecture relies on a *single*
> (or max 2) developers. You can't possibly claim that this architecture
> is supported. You have a single/double point of failure. They can easily
> retire someday or even lose their motivation. And then what? It would be
> far too late to act
We're in pretty bad shape if that happens.
We do have http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/infrastructure/dev-machines.xml
Maintainers could help arch teams greatly by giving their package a
quick test build on the development boxes. Not sure that's really an
acceptable solution though.
I wonder if we can't set up an automated system where a package
maintainer goes to a webpage and enters the package they'd like to
submit for a keyword request. The page would display the requirements
for each architecture, and the maintainer could then start a test
build that would run on the development boxes in a testing chroot, and
then give the results back to the maintainer. That would certainly
make the situation simpler for everyone.
Maybe that's deserving of a separation thread.