[arch-dev-public] My status

Firmicus Firmicus at gmx.net
Wed Feb 10 11:00:33 EST 2010

On 10/02/2010 13:18, Thomas Bächler wrote:
> Am 10.02.2010 12:26, schrieb Firmicus:
>> I am thus proposing this: I'll stay on board and will continue
>> maintaining my stuff until we have found someone who is ready to take up
>> maintainance of the texlive packages. I have written a collection of
>> helper scripts for this purpose which are publically available on our
>> projects page. Of course I'd also be available for help. So that should
>> be feasible by anyone who uses TeX Live already, knows its internals
>> moderately well (configuration files and tools, web2c, kpathsea, etc),
>> and is not afraid of complex build processes. I hope this can be
>> achieved within the next, say, six months, but hopefully sooner, since
>> our baby is expected early April and I won't have much time in the three
>> months thereafter. Ideally that person should be one of you, which would
>> make things very easy, but I don't think this is realistic, given the
>> workload you already have. There is also the possibility of moving the
>> texlive pkgs back to community if a TU is interested, but I'd really
>> prefer they stay in extra.
> I definitely want to keep texlive in extra, we have lots of packages
> depending on it. I also love that we have the latest and greatest of it
> - I have a direct comparison to SuSE, they have texlive-2007 within
> their 11.1 release, lacking tons of features that I need (especially
> tikz-related).
> We brought you on especially for texlive, and I would at any time bring
> on someone new to only maintain texlive. I would even prefer if you
> could "mentor" him or her on the usage of your scripts for a few weeks
> so it all runs smoothly. While I don't have the time or energy to
> maintain it myself, I will do everything else in my power to keep
> texlive working as well as it does now!

Yes, that's what I implied above. I will happily mentor the new 
maintainer. I hope this will happen sooner than later, but on the other 
hand, the packages are fresh and shining and won't need to be updated 
for a while[¹], so this mentoring could as well occur next summer.

[¹] Users can still keep their system up-to-date in their TEXMFLOCAL 
tree with my utility texlive-localmanager in AUR.

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