Oh dear, it happened… Hundreds of developers seem to have switched to git (man, I want to be as famous as Linus) and finally the packaging helper for subversion is orphaned. Yeah, I know, this is just partly related if at all but at least the low interest in its further development seems to prove my point.
Anyways, I’m not going to fully give up on it. Eddy just copied the bug message to d-devel to arrest some attention and actually I’m trying the same here. svn-buildpackage is still needed, let alone the entire texlive stuff which is maintained in subversion repositories and many packages in collab-maint. So, let’s see if we can’t get it somewhere.
0.6.24 – release soon
As Eddy mentioned in the bug report there is a version 0.6.24 prepared in trunk. Looking at my working copies I seem to have fixes for #363003, #414564, #467614, #480684, and #506876 lying around which I didn’t commit yet. They should be sent to the bug reports, though. If you consider working on a release of svn-bp please contact me (or just write to the bug reports, I’m subscribed).
0.7 – do it right ;-)
This is far away but maybe a worthy goal. Two months ago I started working on a rewrite of svn-bp in order to fix some long outstanding bugs which would need gross hacks in the current version or aren’t even fixable by design. Find my first experiments in branches/0.7. But then let me be honest, I didn’t do anything about it lately – partly because of the low interest, but majorly because of vcs-pkg. I hope to figure out during debconf9 (I hope I can attend) if it is a possible replacement of svn-bp. But that’s still up in the air.
Well, that’s my two cents about the situation.