On 2022-06-07 Jigar Kumar wrote: > Progress will not happen until there is new maintainer. XZ for C has > sparse commit log too. Dennis you are better off waiting until new > maintainer happens or fork yourself. Submitting patches here has no > purpose these days. The current maintainer lost interest or doesn't > care to maintain anymore. It is sad to see for a repo like this.
I haven't lost interest but my ability to care has been fairly limited mostly due to longterm mental health issues but also due to some other things. Recently I've worked off-list a bit with Jia Tan on XZ Utils and perhaps he will have a bigger role in the future, we'll see. It's also good to keep in mind that this is an unpaid hobby project. Anyway, I assure you that I know far too well about the problem that not much progress has been made. The thought of finding new maintainers has existed for a long time too as the current situation is obviously bad and sad for the project. A new XZ Utils stable branch should get released this year with threaded decoder etc. and a few alpha/beta releases before that. Perhaps the moment after the 5.4.0 release would be a convenient moment to make changes in the list of project maintainer(s). Forks are obviously another possibility and I cannot control that. If those happen, I hope that file format changes are done so that no silly problems occur (like using the same ID for different things in two projects). 7-Zip supports .xz and keeping its developer Igor Pavlov informed about format changes (including new filters) is important too. -- Lasse Collin