title: “Gerrit ESC Meeting Minutes” tags: esc keywords: esc minutes permalink: 2023-09-20-esc-minutes.html summary: “Minutes from the ESC meeting held on Sep 20, 2023” hide_sidebar: true hide_navtoggle: true toc: true

Engineering Steering Committee Meeting, Sep 20, 2023

Christophe Poucet, Patrick Hiesel, Luca Milanesio, Saša Živkov

Next meeting

November 2, 2023

Gerrit User Summit 2023 Q&A and talks preparation

Chris and Saša will join the Q&A with the maintainers; the audience will post questions directly to slido.com. Luca to prepare the collection of questions early on, give some heads-up to the maintainers to prepare the answers.

There are 65 places in Gothenburg and 20 in Sunnyvale; both sites are fully booked.

Prolog rules evaluated for closed changes

Patrick introduced the evaluation of Prolog rules for closed changes with Change 297966 on Gerrit v3.4, for fixing a caching issue for Google. It is not an issue anymore for Google because of the switch to submit requirements; therefore Change 297966 can be reverted on the non-EOL releases and merged to master.

X-Plugin dependency and interactions

The issue has been discussed for many years; Google is not part of the active stakeholders because of the implementation of a different solution, where all plugins are in the same Guice injector.

Luca to propose Change 244472 and the approval is subject to acceptance from the wider community. Saša also proposed to analyse the solution implemented by Google. Patrick should share a sample and simplified example.

Proposal to nominate Antonio Barone (aka Tony) as new Gerrit Maintainer

Tony has been an active member of the Gerrit community for over five years and has an excellent understanding of how Gerrit works inside and how to run large Gerrit installations because of his involvement with the implementation of large and complex setups.

Tony actively engages in Gerrit discussions and helps shape new features in Gerrit, like the cache-chroniclemap libModule, providing a high-performance backend instead of the default H2. He had a tremendous impact on the improvement and stability of Gerrit releases, thanks to the contribution of the AWS-Gerrit deployments and the Gatling test suites. Tony has contributed around one thousand changes to the Gerrit project overall, 46 of those on Gerrit core. He actively maintains all the AWS-related plugins associated with the Gerrit multi-site architecture.

Tony has participated in several Hackathon either on-site or remote, and I am sure all of you had the opportunity to work and have technical discussions with him. He is very active in answering and helping people on the repo-discuss mailing list, leveraging his expertise on both Gerrit and the wider field of distributed systems, where he can leverage his seniority on AWS, Google Cloud services and asynchronous communication and interaction.

Gerrit v3.9 release plan

Luca proposed to release Gerrit v3.9 by November 2023, which is compatible with the current status of the features in development. The draft release plan is available and currently under review.