Putting packages up for adoption

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Fri Mar 20 10:19:07 GMT 2020

On Mar 19 23:47, Yaakov Selkowitz wrote:
> Hello Cygwin package maintainers,
> As you all probably noted, I haven't been around much.  My team at work
> has been really busy accomplishing some pretty amazing feats over the
> last number of months, most recently:
> https://www.ibm.com/blogs/systems/red-hat-openshift-now-available-ibm-z-linuxone/
> While it's been great for my career, it obviously hasn't been so good
> for you and the community as a whole, as I've really had absolutely no
> time to work on Cygwin packaging.  In fact, I've barely used my Windows
> machine and VMs at all for quite some time.  And to be completely
> honest, it really doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon
> either.
> To that end, in the best interest of the community, please consider my
> packages up for adoption.  I don't expect that any one person will take
> all of them; some are obsolete and due for removal anyway, some should
> be picked up as soon as possible, and others might just end up
> bitrotting if nobody is interested in them.  However, in whatever there
> is interest (or need), hopefully what is there now will serve as a
> strong foundation to on which to continue to build.
> (And just to be perfectly clear, we're all in good health; this has
> nothing to do with the current crisis, except that maybe some of you
> have more time at home now to use to the benefit of Cygwin.)
> I'll continue lurking on the lists, and with this burden off my
> shoulders, try to transition to being a little more active as a mentor.
> So, please feel free to ask questions (on list, please), particularly
> if you don't understand why I did something in my packaging.  There is
> (or at least was at the time!) a good reason for all of it, even though
> I often neglected to document why.  I'll try to do what I can to make
> this as smooth as possible.
> All the best, stay safe, and keep on building!
> --
> Yaakov

There's no number of goldstars or plush hippos which would do justice to
what you did for Cygwin, Yaakov.  If there's something like the ULTIMATE

Thanks for everything you did for Cygwin!

There's just one problem.  What happens to your packages which are not
upstream packages but Cygwin-specific?  Especially cygport comes to
mind.  Off the top of my head I don't know which other packages fall
into that category.

However, for these packages, we should ideally move them from your
cygwinports github repo to cygwin.com, right?


Corinna Vinschen
Cygwin Maintainer
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