On 02/07/2014 00:18, Ben Finney wrote:
Skip Montanaro <s...@python.org> writes:

I've tried to find people to take it over, but so far unsuccessfully.

The principle (laid out by ESR in “The Cathedral and the Bazaar”) is:

     When you lose interest in a program, your last duty to it is to hand
     it off to a competent successor.


Whether successful or not, I can testify that Skip has been
conscientious in following this principle: he has been asking parties
who have demonstrated interest and/or competence for some time now to
take over maintenance of the ‘lockfile’ library.

I continue to get bug reports, some from OS package maintainers or
maintainers of applications which use lockfile. Lots of these people
seem demanding of my time (which makes me even less interested in
lockfile maintenance).

I don't know of any good way to make those decrease, without some other
contact point for the project becoming more prominent than yours.

Is there a "correct" way to abandon the damn thing?

You have, IMO, already put in sufficient public effort to give
opportunity to potential maintainers.

I would say that, in the case of the ‘lockfile’ library, you have
already discharged your responsibilities under the above principle; and
can politely let each person know they are on their own for maintenance.

Very well put.  Kudos to Skip and yourself :)

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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