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automake bug fixers/developers needed

From: Karl Berry
Subject: automake bug fixers/developers needed
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 16:39:04 -0600

For about the last year, I've been the main person applying bug fixes to
(or at least reading bug reports for) Automake. My pace has been quite
slow, but since maintenance was almost completely lacking for some years
before that, I've been doing what I could. Mainly, going through the old
bug reports and dealing with the "easy" ones, besides trying to handle
new ones as best I can. There are still many outstanding bug reports
that I have not even read.

Unfortunately, I am going to have even less time for Automake for the
foreseeable future. I will still do what I can, but it will not be much.

Therefore, if you have some automake/perl/shell/make/etc. development
skill or interest, and are also interested in Automake maintenance
continuing, please volunteer if you can. I recommend starting by looking
at the open bug list:

FWIW, I knew essentially nothing about the Automake implementation when
I started, and still don't know much. To begin, I read the setup info
available in the repository, asked questions of friends and lists when
needed, got a build working and did some easy reports (e.g., tweak the
manual), and went from there. It all takes considerable time; there is
no royal road, as far as I know.

Jim Meyering remains the official maintainer of Automake, and rolled out
the couple of point releases we did in the last year. (Thanks Jim.) But
he has so many other responsibilities that day-to-day maintenance for
Automake has to take a back seat. Hence the need for more volunteers to help.


P.S. FWIW, in the bug list, I have been marking as "confirmed" the bugs
which are real, but which I myself can't or don't want to fix any time
soon, for whatever reason. Of course it would be great if anyone else
takes any of them up.

P.P.S. Of course us volunteers get to choose our own aims and priorities
-- I personally have no interest in "automake-ng" or any other major
development or change to Automake. My goal was and is to keep the
existing program that has served so well for so many years viable and
maintained. Retaining compatibility, i.e., not breaking existing's, was and is always my top priority. Again, FWIW.

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