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RPMS, time, and other things.

From: Lamar Owen <lowen(at)pari(dot)edu>
To: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: RPMS, time, and other things.
Date: 2004-10-25 17:34:36
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It is with some sadness I write this message to this group of talented people 
that I have come to think of as almost an extended family.  

As release time for PostgreSQL 8.0 comes near, I find myself unable to spend 
as much time on RPMs as I once did; frankly, I find myself not quite as 
interested in doing so as I once did. 

The situation in which I jumped feet first back in July of 1999 was one where 
RPMs for Red Hat releases came out infrequently, and where upgrading RPMs was 
fraught with peril.  Times have changed: Red Hat now employs Tom Lane 
full-time to work on PostgreSQL; Red Hat RPM releases, handled by Tom, are 
both frequent and well-managed; another community maintainer, Devrim Gunduz, 
has stepped up to the plate and has managed the release of several RPMs at 
this point.  These are good changes.

Upgrading RPMs of PostgreSQL is still fraught with peril, however.  I had 
attempted to make this easier at one point, but it turned into a maintenance 
nightmare, causing me to remove the half-attempt.  I had a plan to help in 
this by allowing multiple versions of PostgreSQL to coexist (which I would 
still like to see happen, although I cannot at this time take the time to do 
it myself), but found myself unable to complete the probably small amount of 
work necessary to make it happen.  This project deserves some fresh interest 
in this area; thus, I am stepping down as active RPM maintainer.  I do not 
intend to unsubscribe from this list, however, and I intend to make myself 
available to answer Devrim and Tom (or anyone else!) on any questions they 
may have regarding the RPM packaging.  I may critique from time-to-time the 
packaging, if Devrim doesn't mind, but I just simply cannot invest as much of 
my dwindling free time any more.  My apologies for not making this decision 
earlier in the 8.0 beta cycle.

This is a great group; in my opinion it is THE best open source development 
communities in existence anywhere.  I have been honored to have served in 
this capacity, and look forward to PostgreSQL's continuing improvement due to 
the marvelous efforts of this active, vibrant, community.
Lamar Owen
Director of Information Technology
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
1 PARI Drive
Rosman, NC  28772


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