I was a bit curious on the outcome of the call for maintainers for the
language parsers?

i and at least one other person volunteered on-list, but i didn't hear anything since, either on- or off-list.

On a similar note, Is there any chance that the ctags development will
be moved to the Sourceforge SVN or CVS service?  It would facilitate
patches somewhat as people would have something to make patches against
and it also gives users some sort of guage on the "aliveness" of the
project.  With subversion, developers could even use something like SVK
to publish their changes on their own trees, etc.  Plus, adding
additional developers to the project would be a breeze.

yeah, having a proper repository would be a great step forward.

Darren, I know how open source can fall to the bottom of the priority
stack pretty quickly (it's hard when you're not making a pay check off
of it), but there are plenty of developers on the list willing to lend a
hand to help develop CTags and commit patches, etc.  So why not open
things up a bit?

i'd still be willing to look after Ruby, and probably Java too (though that's more tricky, being mixed in with all the other C-like languages). in fact, here's a patch for something that was annoying me today:

--- /tmp/ctags-5.6/ruby.c       2006-05-29 21:37:12.000000000 -0700
+++ ctags-5.6/ruby.c    2006-06-27 21:44:24.000000000 -0700
@@ -112,6 +112,7 @@
            "^", "|",
            "<=", "<", ">", ">=",
            "<=>", "==", "===", "!=", "=~", "!~",
+           "`",
        int i;

` isn't an operator or a reserved word, or a generally valid identifier, but it is a valid method name. (yes, i was working on a program that overrode `. it can be surprisingly useful!) i've checked Ruby's "parse.y" now, and i'm confident that with this change ectags recognizes exactly the set of valid method names.

i have a bigger change i'm still working on, if that doesn't excite you ;-)

also, i notice in passing (i was wondering why Debian hasn't moved to 5.6 yet) that at least one other person votes for my Java generics patchlet (http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=9932235): http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=368955