What is the problem with ports PR reaction delays?

Matthew Seaman matthew at FreeBSD.org
Sat Jan 25 10:59:18 UTC 2014

On 25/01/2014 10:35, Big Lebowski wrote:
>> Thus, are you volunteering for this role?  It's not my call, but if you
>> > really want to do clean out and triage the all PRs on an ongoing basis,
>> > my guess is that would be very welcome and we'd figure out a way to set
>> > that up.  It would definitely help, especially for those maintainer that
>> > "approve" patches but the PRs never get opened (or set to a better state
>> > than "open").

> If I wouldnt care about FreeBSD and ports state and I wouldnt want to help
> with that, I would have not wrote this message in first place. Yes, I would
> love to help.

There are a lot of people who would love to help with FreeBSD, and there
is a lot of help that FreeBSD needs.  The problem is that anyone
volunteering probably only has a limited amount of time they can donate
to the project, and there exists at the moment no simple mechanism for
dividing up the workload into small, easily digestible chunks.

Take the case of PR triage, often cited as a suitable track for people
to start getting involved.  Say we get about 300 new PRs in a week.
What we need is 20--50 people looking at 6--15 PRs a week, rather than
2--5 people trying to look at 60--150 PRs a week.  Trouble is, the first
few people to volunteer will find themselves drinking from the PR
firehose, and will probably give up long before enough additional people
can be drummed up to share the load.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.
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