[openstack-dev] [oslo][taskflow] Thoughts on moving taskflow out of openstack/oslo

Dmitry Tantsur dtantsur at redhat.com
Mon Oct 15 13:05:18 UTC 2018

On 10/10/18 7:41 PM, Greg Hill wrote:
> I've been out of the openstack loop for a few years, so I hope this reaches the 
> right folks.
> Josh Harlow (original author of taskflow and related libraries) and I have been 
> discussing the option of moving taskflow out of the openstack umbrella recently. 
> This move would likely also include the futurist and automaton libraries that 
> are primarily used by taskflow.

Just for completeness: futurist and automaton are also heavily relied on by 
ironic without using taskflow.

> The idea would be to just host them on github 
> and use the regular Github features for Issues, PRs, wiki, etc, in the hopes 
> that this would spur more development. Taskflow hasn't had any substantial 
> contributions in several years and it doesn't really seem that the current 
> openstack devs have a vested interest in moving it forward. I would like to move 
> it forward, but I don't have an interest in being bound by the openstack 
> workflow (this is why the project stagnated as core reviewers were pulled on to 
> other projects and couldn't keep up with the review backlog, so contributions 
> ground to a halt).
> I guess I'm putting it forward to the larger community. Does anyone have any 
> objections to us doing this? Are there any non-obvious technicalities that might 
> make such a transition difficult? Who would need to be made aware so they could 
> adjust their own workflows?
> Or would it be preferable to just fork and rename the project so openstack can 
> continue to use the current taskflow version without worry of us breaking features?
> Greg
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