[Haskell-cafe] Re: poll: how can we help you contribute to darcs?

Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH allbery at ece.cmu.edu
Sun Aug 3 03:45:46 EDT 2008

On 2008 Aug 3, at 1:17, Trent W. Buck wrote:

> "Neil Mitchell" <ndmitchell at gmail.com> writes:
>> The darcs 2.0 announcement read like an obituary
> I don't know why, but a lot of people I spoke to seemed to have that
> impression, and I essentially had to wave changelogs under their  
> face to

That would be this part in particular:
> Unfortunately, it is also a rather labor-intensive process, and due  
> to a lack of contributors, we've moving to a more streamlined  
> process. Starting with the darcs 2.0.0 release, there will be just  
> one central branch of darcs and only one maintainer: for now this is  
> me, David Roundy.  Moreover, I will be attempting to act as a much  
> lower-profile maintainer than we've had previously. I will not be  
> reading bug reports, reading the darcs-users email list or even the  
> darcs-devel mailing list. I will only be reviewing patches that are  
> contributed.

Which is pretty much saying "darcs 2 has moved to maintenance mode".   
And this:
> Darcs 2.0.0 contains some performance regressions when running with  
> large repositories. It is possible that these regressions will be  
> sufficient to prevent its effective use in some projects. If this  
> describes your project--and the only way to know is to try it--then  
> I recommend considering either switching to a different revision  
> control system, or helping us to improve darcs. The former is  
> certainly the easier path.
didn't help.  All in all, it sounded an awful lot like "here's our  
final release, find new maintainers if you want it to continue" ---  
followed by an ominous silence from the darcs camp.

(Hm, I feel a blog rant coming on.)

brandon s. allbery [solaris,freebsd,perl,pugs,haskell] allbery at kf8nh.com
system administrator [openafs,heimdal,too many hats] allbery at ece.cmu.edu
electrical and computer engineering, carnegie mellon university    KF8NH

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