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From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Patch committers
Date: 2009-11-11 05:06:22
Message-ID: 200911110506.nAB56MJ24189@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Robert Haas wrote:
> The next CommitFest is scheduled to start in a week.  So far, it
> doesn't look too bad, though a lot could change between now and then.
> 
> I would personally prefer not to be involved in the management of the
> next CommitFest.  Having done all of the July CommitFest and a good
> chunk of the September CommitFest, I am feeling a bit burned out.

This brings up a concern I have --- that the number of patch
committers/managers is decreasing while our patch volume is increasing. 
Consider that Heikki is working mostly on Hot Standby and Streaming
Replication, Alvaro isn't as involved in applying patches, Neil Conway
isn't involved with Postgres anymore, I am in a 42-day travel period,
and Robert Haas is feeling burnt-out --- that is not a pretty sight.

Much of the patch burden is falling on Tom.  Now, Tom isn't complaining,
but I am concerned about placing too much of a burden on him.  I know we
are growing new patch reviewers who will eventually be able to review
_and_ apply patches on their own, but getting them to that point is
going to take time.

I have no real answers, but I am concerned.  I have talked to many of
you privately about this to get your input.

On a brighter note, I was able to read three weeks of back-logged emails
(3k emails) in the past two days because our community is now very good
at resolving the greatly increased email volume of bug reports and
questions.

I can definitely say that the quality and volume of our email support to
users had advanced significantly in the past year.  It seems that a
similar increase in patch application support is going to take longer to
materialize.

-- 
  Bruce Momjian  <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>        http://momjian.us
  EnterpriseDB                             http://enterprisedb.com

  + If your life is a hard drive, Christ can be your backup. +

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