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From Gianugo Rabellino <>
Subject Possible proposal: Catacomb joining the ASF - first steps
Date Fri, 30 Jan 2004 11:30:35 GMT
I became involved in the last few months in the Catacomb effort 
( For those of you who don't know this 
project, it's all about building a mod_dav plugin/provider that, using a 
RDBMS as a backend, provides some advanced WebDAV features such as DASL 
and DeltaV.

The project started as a UCSC research project but it does have a good 
deal of external contributors as well. It's, community wise, still a bit 
in its infancy, expecially from the governance POV, but the codebase is 
OK, at least as a starting point.

Since when I started working with it, I thought that Catacomb could be a 
very good addition for the httpd folks: IMHO it's the typical win-win 
situation, where Apache gains knowleadgeble folks in a very important 
area as well as a pretty robust codebase with cool features and Catacomb 
gets much more visibility (and outside help, and diffusion, and all the 

This said, and after having reached consensus on the Catacomb mailing 
list, I've started to consider how to move forward, and this is why I'm 
requiring your assistence. The first and foremost question is 
understanding whether Catacomb should really undergo the incubation 
process: it's a small and pretty straightforward codebase (less than 
13000 SLOC) which doesn't really qualify even as a module, being a 
"module's module" given the current mod_dav architecture. I'm somehow 
wondering, as a starting point, if this could be considered "just" a 
simple code donation or if it would be advisable, since it requires 
adding a fair bunch of people as committers, to approach it in the 
established way, as a fully fledged incubation process.

I'm open to either opportunities, and willing to help the Catacomb 
community enter Apache doing all the boring "paperwork" if there is 
interest on this side of the fence too. Mind you, I'm not an ASF member, 
so I would also like to know if there is someone among you willing to 
champion this proposal while counting on my help. Also, please note that 
I'm not of course part of the httpd PMC, so if you need some input keep 
me in CC (or just discuss it on general@incubator).


Gianugo Rabellino
Pro-netics s.r.l. -
Orixo, the XML business alliance -
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