What's the "right" way to abandon an open source package?

Ben Finney ben at benfinney.id.au
Wed Jul 2 01:18:59 CEST 2014

Skip Montanaro <skip at python.org> writes:

> I've tried to find people to take it over, but so far unsuccessfully.

The principle (laid out by ESR in “The Cathedral and the Bazaar”) is:

    When you lose interest in a program, your last duty to it is to hand
    it off to a competent successor.


Whether successful or not, I can testify that Skip has been
conscientious in following this principle: he has been asking parties
who have demonstrated interest and/or competence for some time now to
take over maintenance of the ‘lockfile’ library.

> I continue to get bug reports, some from OS package maintainers or
> maintainers of applications which use lockfile. Lots of these people
> seem demanding of my time (which makes me even less interested in
> lockfile maintenance).

I don't know of any good way to make those decrease, without some other
contact point for the project becoming more prominent than yours.

> Is there a "correct" way to abandon the damn thing?

You have, IMO, already put in sufficient public effort to give
opportunity to potential maintainers.

I would say that, in the case of the ‘lockfile’ library, you have
already discharged your responsibilities under the above principle; and
can politely let each person know they are on their own for maintenance.

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Ben Finney

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