Gentoo Logo

Gentoo Developer Relations Undertakers

Content:

1.  Project Description

The Developer Relations Undertakers project handles developer retirement, both when developers announce their retirement as well as due to developer inactivity.

2.  Developers

Developer Nickname Role
phreak Lead
musikc Member
rane Member

All developers can be reached by e-mail using nickname@gentoo.org.

3.  Steps to retire a developer

  1. Check CVS and bugzilla activity:
    • The easiest way to check developer's CVS activity is to go to the http://cia.vc/stats/author/developer page. For example: http://cia.vc/stats/author/phreak/.
    • Another method involves using the history subcommand of cvs, which will display you the activity of the developer in question across all CVS repositories. Use it like this: cvs history -c -u dev | sort | less
    • Additionally we have the CVS slacker report mails from stork (aka cvs.gentoo.org) to retirement@gentoo.org the 1st of every month
    • Check http://bugs.gentoo.org/custom_userhistory.cgi?matchstr=DEVELOPER@gentoo.org to see the last few bugzilla activities. Activity is defined very broadly in this case so commenting, changing resolution, CC'ing etc. all count as activity. You need to look at each of those bugs to decide if the activity is related to development.
  2. Try talking to the project lead(s), if the developer looks inactive. He might be active in ways we can't determine easily. Put in some effort to contact the developer (either IRC or via email) before starting the actual retirement process. When sending an email to the developer in question, make sure you tell him, that he might get retired due to being inactive. Also, whenever sending emails in undertakers business, CC retirement@gentoo.org.
  3. If you believe developer is inactive, reopen the New Developer bug. If the developer predates recruitment bugs (there was no recruitment bug), open a new bug for retirement purposes. Change Summary to Retire: Full Name (nickname). Reassign the bug to retirement@gentoo.org (Retirement Admin) and change Status Whiteboard to first-mail-sent: yy-mm-dd. Make sure the developer is CC'ed on the bug.
  4. Send him the first mail and wait a minimum of two weeks, to give the developer adequate time to respond on the bug or to the mail. If you get no response during that period, send the second mail. Don't forget to change Status Whiteboard to second-mail-sent and to update the date there. Remember that retirement@gentoo.org must be CC'ed on both mails and all responses must be forwarded there.
  5. Consider any responses carefully. We're supposed to help Gentoo (in this case by keeping the developer base "clean"), not to retire as many developers as possible.
  6. Close the bug if the developer is still considered active
  7. If the developer doesn't respond in the given time or is otherwise still considered inactive, state that on the bug and ask Infra to start retirement process). Also make sure you change the Status Whiteboard to infra-retire yyyy-mm-dd.
  8. Retirement procedure looks like this:
    • Wait for Infrastructure, Planet and Forums admins to retire developer in question before proceeding further.
    • Remove access to #gentoo-dev (access is either removed completely or changed to voice depending on whether they ask for it or they're still considered active and helpful in the channel). Ask a freenode staffer to reset the cloak to a non-gentoo one.
    • Clean up the tree and herds from the yet-retired developer. Use the retire.py script (which is available in gentoo/xml/htdocs/proj/en/devrel/undertakers/scripts/) for that purpose, but make sure to review its output before committing!
    • Clean up any metadata.xml the developer in question might be mentioned in. This is accomplished by running retire.py --metadata dev /path/to/gentoo-x86. Review the output, and apply it to current CVS, but make sure you cvs up before applying it.
    • Clean up herds.xml in proj/en/metastructure/herds/. Remove the developer in question from any herds he might be listed in. To find those, you might want to run this: retire.py --herds /path/to/userinfo.xml /path/to/herds.xml. That will show you the developers listed as retired in userinfo.xml which are still listed in herds.xml.
    • Clean up any project pages the developer may be listed in. Just make sure you don't erase them completely (for example userrel/archives/soc/ is fine). Use retire.py --project /path/to/userinfo.xml /path/to/xml/proj/en/ to find any stale entries.
    • Search for all NEW and REOPEN bugs assigned to the retired developer on Gentoo Bugzilla and reassign them to herds or projects the package belongs to. Information to whom reassign can be obtained from Metadata.xml file of that package.
  9. Close the bug once all of the above steps are finished!


Print

Page updated March 30, 2008

Summary: The Developer Relations Undertakers project handles developer retirement, both when developers announce their retirement as well as due to developer inactivity.

Bryan Østergaard
Author

Łukasz Damentko
Author

Donate to support our development efforts.

Copyright 2001-2014 Gentoo Foundation, Inc. Questions, Comments? Contact us.