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Subject: Re: [boost] [test] Looking for co-developer/maintainer
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-01-24 07:32:03

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Boost [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Alexander Lamaison
> Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 10:39 AM
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: Re: [boost] [test] Looking for co-developer/maintainer
> > As it stands, without some adjustments in the attitudes of the major
> > stakeholders here with regards to each other's work, I see little hope
> > of this happening. That is a sad thing as I think their combined
> > effort and respect could have led to much more than two competing
> > efforts is likely to ever do.
> Maybe so. But anger is keeping the two groups apart.
> One camp is angry that they tried to involve the maintainer, got no response, worked hard to solve
> themselves, then the maintainer reestablishes contact just to object once the work is done. The
> maintainer's camp is angry that the others have gone away and decided his documentation, which
> years to write, is bad and needs replacing without his consent.
> It's hard to see how to resolve that in a way that satisfies both sides.

This isn't just a two-sides issue. There are also a lot of Boost users and developers who have been
unhappy with Boost.Test documentation, evolution, and maintenance for over about a decade.

It is clear to me that Gennadiy is not willing to cooperate with anyone. I'd have sympathy with a
'too many cooks spoil the broth' view if he was maintaining the library well, but ...

This is why I think that a fork *is* now a good idea at this time for two reasons:

1 It will minimize the disruption to testing that any changes to Boost.Test inevitably risks.

2 I'd like to see a much simpler faster lighter-weight header-only version of Boost.Test with a
different name and a different maintenance *team*.


Paul A. Bristow,
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