This is a repost from two weeks ago. It didn't get much feedback last time. I still keep trying, reposting to python-list also this time.
In this thread, I'd like to collect things that ought to be done but where Dirkjan has indicated that he would prefer if somebody else did it.
Item 1 ------ The first item is build identification. If you want to work on this, please either provide a patch (for trunk and/or py3k), or (if you are a committer) create a subversion branch.
It seems that Barry and I agree that for the maintenance branches, sys.subversion should be frozen, so we need actually two sets of patches: one that removes sys.subversion entirely, and the other that freezes the branch to the respective one, and freezes the subversion revision to None.
The patch should consider what Dirkjan proposes as the branching strategy: clones to separate 2.x and 3.x, as well as for features, and branches with the clones for releases and maintenance (see the PEP for details).
Anybody working on this should have good knowledge of the Python source code, Mercurial, and either autoconf or Visual Studio (preferably both).
Item 2 ------
The second item is line conversion hooks. Dj Gilcrease has posted a solution which he considers a hack himself. Mark Hammond has also volunteered, but it seems some volunteer needs to be "in charge", keeping track of a proposed solution until everybody agrees that it is a good solution. It may be that two solutions are necessary: a short-term one, that operates as a hook and has limitations, and a long-term one, that improves the hook system of Mercurial to implement the proper functionality (which then might get shipped with Mercurial in a cross-platform manner).