[pytest-dev] On ensuring sustainable maintenance of pytest-dev projects

Ronny Pfannschmidt opensource at ronnypfannschmidt.de
Sun Oct 2 04:04:09 EDT 2022

Hi everyone,

Please read with the caveat that this stems from a gut feeling that's not yet quantitative verified.

As pytest-dev is growing, so is the number of projects that suffer bus-factor and/or non-maintenance.

I believe a more active approach to ensuring maintenance /maintainer influx is needed.

Else projects like pytest-asyncio, pytest-xdist, execnet, apipkg and more are just going to face bitrot and pain.

The ratio between people with maintainer bit vs people that can and will do the work seems to be at a alarmingly low ratio.

I don't have a good idea for changing that yet, but my impression is that we gotta start doing the work to ensure pytest-dev won't turn into a graveyard with a few pained grave keepers.

-- Ronny

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