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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] [WARNING] SimRel Headed Off the Tracks

I am not sure what happened to EPP for M1 - but at the moment the chatter on the mailing list makes EPP look dead. I tried to revive getting a +1s for M1 and to find out / understand the process, but I was met with almost complete silence on the mailing list

Although this may be a case of transference - I suspect that no one said anything on epp-dev because they were afraid of putting their head about the parapet and becoming "it" for EPP project lead without having any understanding of what that would entail.

I honestly don't know how Markus did EPP for all these years single handedly* without having to delegate to anyone - there is something to do generally on every third Thursday all year round (sometimes even more often like RC times). Did Markus schedule all his holidays and everything else about his life around the Eclipse release schedule? Personally I have had to delegate my +1 for the CPP package a handful of times because I am not able to reliably be around for each and every release. For someone like me to take on the EPP role would require a full rebuilding of consensus and delegating authority to make it sustainable.

I am not even willing to engage in considering** this as I still have no clarity what is required every third thursday, is it just clicking a button, or is it hours and days of work to resolve broken packages (I know Markus has had to do such resolutions in the past and that is a non-trivial task)

* I am aware that there are others who have done this too - but for the context of the future of the EPP I am focusing on Markus' contribution.

** I have other issues with taking this on - I am the new CDT project lead which is taking a lot of work to consolidate the project and try to bring new contributors (and future committers!) online. In addition, because of CDT's dependencies I am taking on more and more work on those dependency projects.

I hope this helps explain why I can't break the chicken-and-egg problem on my own - perhaps I am too chicken :-)


On Thu, 30 Jan 2020 at 07:59, Ed Merks <ed.merks@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 30.01.2020 11:53, Aleksandar Kurtakov wrote:
> Well, focus on "what" is quite important as I still haven't seen
> anywhere written what exactly is needed for the "who" decides to take
> EPP. There won't be any "who" until "what" is clearly defined.

That is indeed a good point.  :-)

Markus didn't announce here despite being prompted, and while I'm sure
he's documented what exactly he does, even I don't know exactly what
that is.  I don't expect it's all that onerous.  In any case, in this
thread you can see that he's offered to walk someone through the steps:

I.e., Markus will clarify the "what" when there is a "who" but if there
cannot be a "who" without a "what" then we have a classic
chicken-versus-egg problem...

Of course my natural reaction is to jump in and be the "who", but I'm
quite sure that this is also pandering to complacency.  That needs to
end because it's not sustainable.  But it would most certainly be the
best course of action for the greater good...

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