Maintenance question


This e-mail is long overdue, but I hoped things would change. I cannot be a single maintainer of GNU Midnight Commander anymore. Not only my time is limited due to my job, but I'm also emotionally exhausted because of my personal life (I'm a "NonBP" now, use Google for details). Also, I don't find hacking userspace software as exciting and it was for me in the past, although the experience was very important for me.

I set high standards for what I expect to be in the future versions of GNU Midnight Commander, but it looks like I'll not be able to meet those standards in a reasonable time.

If somebody is seriously considering sharing the burden of maintaining GNU Midnight Commander, please write me and I'll assist you in getting access to the website, mailing lists and administrative privileges on

I'd like Miguel de Icaza to participate in choosing the co-maintainers. Miguel wrote this program and he entrusted me with maintaining it.

I intend to continue to contribute to the project as much as I can. I think it's primarily the sole responsibility for the project that is weighing on me now. I cannot read 30 e-mails per day knowing (or rather fearing) that I'll have to reply 10 of them.

Sorry for everything I did wrong. Sorry for e-mails I didn't have a chance to answer and for patches I didn't have a chance to apply.

Pavel Roskin

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