Re: a few packages for adoption
On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 7:44 PM, Jay Berkenbilt <email@example.com> wrote:
> Please reply to me directly (or CC me on replies) as I am not
> currently subscribed to debian-devel.
> I recently became a father of twins and, as such, have less time to work
> on packages than I used to. While I do plan on keeping some of my
> packages, there are others I'm interested in finding new maintainers
> for, if anyone is interested:
> * ICU: This is ICU4C. I sent another (lengthy) message about it.
> * xerces-c, xerces-c2: These are two versions of Xerces-C
> (http://xerces.apache.org). These are generally pretty low effort to
> maintain, and upstream is helpful and responsive. xerces-c2 is an
> older version that is no longer really being maintained, and
> backporting security fixes to it can be very hard, but so far, there
> hasn't been anything major. xerces-c is the 3.x series and is
> actively maintained upstream. Note that xerces-c2 has an orphaned
> reverse dependency (xalan), which you may occasionally need to NMU,
> though I think I only had to do that one time.
> * libxml-xerces-perl: This is a Xerces-p, a perl interface to
> Xerces-c. As far as I can tell, it is dead upstream, and there are
> better alternatives. At one time, it was the only perl module
> capable of doing XML validation with both DTD and schema support and
> with the capability of providing values for default attributes when
> doing validation, but I haven't actually tried to determine whether
> that's true for about six or seven years. If no one wants this, I
> may orphan it or request removal.
> * psutils: This is a collection of tools including psnup and ps2ps.
> They are pretty popular, but the project has been dead upstream for a
> while. psutils is part of all the major distributions, and we all
> have various patches. I put some effort into trying to synchronize
> with other distributions a while ago. Our psutils package includes a
> few other tools that are not strictly part of the upstream
> distribution, and every now and then, someone posts a bug report
> asking for some additional utility to be added. Some of the time,
> there's a licensing reason or some other reason why it won't work out
> (so you have to be careful when analyzing these requests), but every
> now and then it works out.
I could take care if you sponsor me.
> I'll wait a few days to give people a chance to reply. For the xerces
> packages, I'd probably give preference to the debian SGML/XML group or
> to other groups maintaining stuff from apache.
> Jay Berkenbilt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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