Am 17.03.2011 16:50, schrieb Dieter Plaetinck:
Gerhard is inactive. Since I'm the only other releng person, some people expect me to do it, even though I don't like being involved in archiso and I already spend a lot of time on all other releng tasks (aif, image building, image testing, releasing, ...) Gerardo knows archiso and has commit access to it, but he also has little time and he never made any commitment to us in any way (he is just a community member).
Gerardo has done some work in the past, but not in the last 3 months.
This is worse than I thought: I saw Gerardo reply to some patch sent, but he never commited it. I even sent him an email if he could finish some cool work that I started, but he never got back to me. I assumed he was semi-active, which apparently is false.
(The work I started was about making a self-contained image in the /arch/ directory on the ISO. This is partially done already, but I recently succeeded in moving /syslinux/ into /arch/ and only leave behind a tiny /boot/ directory that would chdir() to /arch/boot/syslinux when loading. This would further simplify installing onto an existing vfat USB drive, as you only need to 1) copy the whole /arch folder 2) extlinux --install /mnt/arch/boot/syslinux 3) adjust the archisolabel in the syslinux configuration files)
Thomas (and a few other devs) know archiso and has commit access, but he also has more then enough Arch stuff on his plate.
Hell, and I can't even get that done.
If someone can collect the pending patches from this list (and maybe Gerardo's github) for me, I can check and apply them. But I guess we desperately need a maintainer for archiso. It is a task with not a lot to do, but still needs to be done.