> But isn't updated files supposed to be listed in the patch file

in a perfect world, yes, sorry:-)

> My reaction was that when bug reports were submitted a month and a
> half ago but still nothing has happened, the time
> for bug reports are over and the time for letters to the editor has come

one month of `latex3 time spent handling bug reports' might take a year
or more of real elapsed time. This is a spare time hobby you know
(well I'm answering this mail from work but I don't work on bug fixes
from here)