[python-committers] Eric Araujo (merwok) as Distutils commiter

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Tue Jul 27 12:36:12 CEST 2010

On Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 11:54 AM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
> Le mardi 27 juillet 2010 à 01:50 +0200, Tarek Ziadé a écrit :
>> Hello,
>> I don't want to maintain Distutils anymore for various reasons.  I
>> will focus for now on on Distutils2, shutil and sysconfig.
>> I would like to propose Eric (merwok on IRC) as a commiter to work on
>> Distutils. He has done a great work in triaging
>> the bugs and also has now a pretty good knowledge of the Distutils
>> code. He's a GSOC student for distutils2 and
>> has done a great coding work in there. I am pretty sure he would love
>> to do this as I did.
> Have any significant code patches by Éric been committed to Python core?

Depending on your definition of core, none. He works on Distutils2 and
helps me (and other) in the tracker.

> I may be mistaken in my evaluation, but I'm not sure giving away
> distutils maintenance to an almost complete beginner is a good idea
> (since you are basically suggesting that he *replace* you in distutils
> maintenance).

I am not sure how you define a complete beginner. As far as Distutils is
concerned, he's not. He's capable of maintaining Distutils, given the patches
he provides for Distutils2  (see http://hg.python.org/distutils2). He's also
now involved in most design discussions, so aware of the various issues.

Distutils2 is the old Distutils trunk FYI.

That said, this was just a suggestion to replace me for this maintenance because
I don't want to do it anymore. Another option is to have you and other core
devs take over the maintenance, but FWIW I think you are less able
than him to maintain Distutils, given his experience in the package,
and the fact
that he work on the next gen.

Last, I think Guido's thoughts on giving commiter access earlier matches
completely this case. I believe Eric has the qualities to become a
good commiter.

If the proposal is accepted I'll help him. If you or someone else
rejects it, then
good luck with the 150+ Distutils issues and the various ML fights on the topic.

One last option of course would be to let the package rotten, and just
fix critical
bugs when they occur, and wait for distutils2 to take over.


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