Subject: [boost] On the lack of manpower: (Apache stdcxx)
From: Jim Bell (Jim_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-01-06 09:43:39
Though this isn't news, I just came across it and it speaks to our
common problem. (And it's of interest to boost users in general.) Note
that ARM and Sun are even invested in stdcxx to some extent.
From Apache's C++ Standard Library project
Stdcxx continues to be dormant. All but  committer have moved on
to other projects. The only remaining committer (the VP of the
project) is too busy with his day job to make even small changes,
or to put out the long-awaited patch release, stdcxx 4.2.2.
A number of users and organizations have been using the project
and expressed interest in contributing to it. Several submitted
patches, others have offered help with the project build and test
infrastructure. Unfortunately, since no committer is available to
review patches and guide the contributors through the ASF process
to enable them to gain commit privileges there seems to be little
hope of reviving stdcxx.
A possible solution that would allow contributions to resume is
to grant commit privileges to the handful of contributors who have
already submitted some patches or expressed serious interest in
contributing going forward.
Another alternative is to move stdcxx to a repository outside
of ASF such as SPI (http://www.spi-inc.org/) where interested
developers could start committing changes on their own right away,
without going through the "training" process. This seems to the
preferred solution among at least some of the interested users.
Are there any other options?
Unless the issue with contributions can be resolved in the next
quarter I suggest to retire the project.
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