Hi Nathan. Maybe I'll get later back to you about that. I like the fact though that someone reviews big patches so even if I could commit changes straight to SVN, I probably wouldn't do it without review iteration.
I noticed that I forgot to update some of the JavaDocs and did some cleanup here and there. I'll update the patch soon.
I also started to run Velocity 2.0 on my performance test bench. I checked out clean version of Velocity 2.0 SVN head (so without any of these changes) and guess what... it is 30%+ slower than Velocity 1.7. I think that's pretty bad so there's definitely a need to do some performance optimization.