Neil Conway <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes: > If people are interested in the status of a patch, I think it's fine for > them to email the person who's volunteered to work on it. If there > hasn't been public activity from that person in recent times, it is > probably a reasonable bet that the work has stalled. Formalizing the > process strikes me as a waste of time, and IMHO would mostly serve to > irritate the folks working on these features.
I tend to agree --- I don't see much value in trying to institute a formalized process. We have not had that many cases where lack of communication was a problem. In the case at hand (hierarchical queries), I believe what happened was that Jonah expected that he'd be able to complete the feature with a relatively small amount of work by starting with the existing patch. When he got into it he realized that a complete rewrite was needed, and there was no time to get that done for 8.2. He told a few of us at the anniversary conference, and perhaps should have been more proactive about mentioning the problem on the mailing list, but *it would have made no difference* as to whether hierarchical queries got into 8.2. There was not anyone else in a position to invest the work needed in the time available, either. regards, tom lane ---------------------------(end of broadcast)--------------------------- TIP 6: explain analyze is your friend