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Re: new maintainers for guile libs

From: Zelphir Kaltstahl
Subject: Re: new maintainers for guile libs
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 10:58:18 +0000

Hello Mike!

I would like to try and maintain a library. However, these all seem to be FFI
libs. I have only basic C knowledge from having to use it at university and I
used some C89 as compile flag of gcc. I have never really used any FFI stuff. So
I would aim for the simplest project in that regard.

Perhaps I should look at guile-aspell and try to get an understanding of the
code and what the involved concepts are.

If anyone has more prior knowledge and is willing to maintain, I guess that
would be a faster way, but perhaps I could still help out. I think I am quite OK
at trying to understand code and then explaining it for my future self, which
could help with maintaining projects. Only need to get into it, which is usually
the issue.

Best wishes, hope you will feel well soon!

On 6/30/21 6:57 AM, Mike Gran wrote:
> Hello Guile community-
> Well 2021 has been a strange time for me as it has been for many.  At
> the beginning of 2021, I had the free time and the good health that
> allowed me to imagine being a real contributer again, but, stuff has
> changed.
> So there are a few libraries in the Guile ecosystem I've worked on,
> and I'm hoping someone else might be interested in owning them
> henceforth.
> Roughly in order of maintainability, from simple to complex, these are
> - guile-aspell: a very simple binding to the Aspell spellcheck
>   library. This would be an easy task, since it is a Guile-only
>   binding with no C, and aspell rarely changes
> - guile-curl: a C-based but straight-forward binding the the cURL API.
> - guile-ncurses: a C-based binding for NCurses, libpanel, and libmenu.  It
>   is a bit convoluted bcause the memory model for ncurses it iself
>   quite strange.
> Then there a couple of very obscure and little used libraries that I could
> punt on, but, I don't really expect any interest
> - guile-plotutils: draw plots in Guile using the plotutils backend
> - zile-on-guile: a version of the zile editor, replacing its tiny LISP
>   interpreter with Guile.
> Guile-GI is a special case because at this point, I'm probably not the
> prinmary contributor. But it could use more contributers and could use
> a discussion about how to move it forward. I still hope to contribute
> as I can.
> So if anyone feels an affinity for any of this work, let me know.
> I do hope to be more present in future, but, I'm not sure what the
> future holds. Not sure if I will have the regular blocks of spare time
> and energy that a maintainer-type figure needs.
> And I do aplogize if anyone has been affected by my inaction.
> Regards,
> Mike Gran

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