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Nicholas Clark
May 25, 2010 11:42
Re: FW: [PATCH] Fix VOS regexp in makedepend.SH (re: 5.8.x branch)
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On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 07:17:05PM +0200, Steffen Mueller wrote:
> Dear Paul,
> Green, Paul wrote:
> >Would you please apply the attached patch to the perl-5.8.x branch?  It 
> >was applied to the blead branch on 2009-07-29 as 
> >ef314d296a4a0765d59203c399398dbd0a97fcc5. The patch is present in the 
> >5.10.x branch, too.  The only branch that still needs it is the 5.8.x 
> >branch.  Thanks in advance for your help.
> The 5.8 branch of perl is not being developed any further. There is no 
> one responsible (nor willing) to backport changes and release further 
> versions in the series.

Which comes to the same underlying set of questions as I started asking myself
in the thread about 5.5 and 5.6:

If "we" (for any value of we) is not presently intending to make any further
releases from that branch, is there actually a purpose to merging further
changes back to it?

> I suppose if sufficient people volunteered for the task, this could be 
> changed, but our current strategy is to focus our limited resources on 
> more recent branches: 5.12.X and bleeding edge development in 5.13 
> towards 5.14. Currently, there isn't even a champion for a 5.10.2 release.

Despite there being money available to pay for this.

No-one competent is (sufficiently) out of work to be in a position to trade
their time for's money.

(And there isn't enough money, or fund raising likelihood, to have sufficient
money to engage any existing firm at commercial rates to do this. I suspect
that there are at least 4 with staff competent to do it, but they all already
have too much work*.)

Nicholas Clark

* Other than the obvious ActiveState, unless you have money to pay for such
  work, please don't ask me *by e-mail* whom I'm thinking of.
  (unless you're Paul Green)

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