Packages in need of TLC...
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Hello QA people!
I've been going through packages with RC bugs in an attempt to help
sarge's release and I've run into a number of packages that have been
essentially orphaned by their listed maintainer through neglect. I was
told that this list is the proper place to report this so that the
packages can be properly orphaned and looked after.
Following is a list of packages, and my analysis/reasoning that led me to
the orphan conclusion:
Maintainer: Robert Bihlmeyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Maintainer script broken for 234 days, patch sent to bts in January
2003. No response from maintainer and no upload in a year. Even when
this is worked around, the app seems unusable. I'm guessing maintainer
isn't interested anymore since he hasn't responded to the RC bugs. It
would seem that this pkg is more a candidate for experimental than
unstable, as the pkg has quite a few old important and normal bugs.
However, don't remove from unstable b/c of dep by frost. I will mail
debian-qa about orphaning.
Maintainer: Fredrik Hallenberg <email@example.com>
This package has two FTBFS bugs open against (one for over a year) and
no response from the maintainer. Also, no uploads since 2002-02-15.
Maintainer: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frederico S. Munoz)
FTBFS bug open for > 3 months with no response from maintainer. More
disturbing however, is the important bug open for over a year entitled:
"Kills X Server when it doesn't find a font cache". Maintainer promised
a new version over a year ago, and still waiting... I will contact
debian-qa to orphan the package.
Maintainer: Matthew Vernon <email@example.com>
FTBFS bug open over 2 years, no response from the maintainer. Last
maintainer upload in April of 2001. Lots of other bugs outstanding even
if FTBFS is fixed. This package needs a new home, debian-qa will be
I hope this helps!
Joe Nahmias, DD wannabe
PS - I do not subscribe to -qa, so please CC me on replies.
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