Re: RFO: crystalspace, RC buggy > 1yr w/patch, not in oldstable/stable
On Sun, May 06, 2007 at 09:00:43AM +0200, Christian Bayle wrote:
> Hi Steve, Bart
> I don't think the package should be orphaned and there is yes, a new
> upstream version
> that was there few time before etch, and I would prefer that alpha
> porters make a NMU instead
> of breaking all other arch. I don't have any problem with NMU.
I think you've missed the point of my message. I have no problem with doing
porter NMUs, or providing porter patches for build failures, where this is
required; but if a maintainer isn't taking care of even those
release-critical build failures for which a patch has been available for 6
months, in what sense is this maintainer actually maintaining the package at
all? Six months without an upload is reasonable if the package is in good
shape, but crystalspace is definitely not in good shape right now.
I'm not going to let my enthusiasm for alpha porting get in the way of
considering whether packages are unmaintained and need to be marked as such.
> The package has so many dependencies that it's quite a huge task to
> compile on all arch.
Hrm, crystalspace is *very* far away from compiling "on all archs"; it's up
to date in unstable on only 3 of 12 architectures, and it looks like there's
yet another (unfiled) RC bug on the package because it build-depends on
python2.3-dev which is no longer available, so it will currently fail to
build on *all* archs.
It's the fact that there has been no visible forward progress on these build
failures in over a year since the package was last uploaded that most
> If Bart want to adopt it, change for cdbs or anything else, no problem.
> I used to commit changes to upstream and I can continue to do this.
> Keep me in Uploaders if that don't bother you.
Well, if this happens and someone works on getting the package building,
then of course I have no problem with the package and am happy to provide
any additional alpha porting support that might be required.
Steve Langasek Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer to set it on, and I can move the world.