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Re: nwutil status

On Thu, 2005-11-17 at 16:02 -0500, Woody Suwalski wrote:
> Adam C Powell IV wrote:
> > On Thu, 2005-11-17 at 08:19 -0500, Woody Suwalski wrote:
> >> Adam C Powell IV wrote:
> >>> Greetings,
> >>>
> >>> Four weeks ago, I wrote to the nwutil maintainer to ask about its
> >>> status:
> >>>
> >>>         Hello,
> >>>         
> >>>         I notice that you are the maintainer of the nwutil package,
> >>>         which has not been updated in more than four years (since well
> >>>         before the woody release).  There are four outstanding bugs with
> >>>         very easy fixes, and I was about to open a fifth requesting
> >>>         "fand" be part of the package.
> >>>         
> >>>         Do you need help maintaining this package?  I can prepare more
> >>>         specific patches for each of the bugs, or do an NMU, or even
> >>>         adopt it if you like.  I'd just like to see some of those bugs
> >>>         fixed.
> >>>         
> >>>         Thanks,
> >>>         -Adam
> >>>
> >>> With no reply in four weeks, does anyone here know what the story is?
> >>>
> >>> Thanks,
> >>> -Adam
> >> I will also suggest adding nwlilo to the package (if it is not in there 
> >> yet)...
> >>
> >> Anyway, it was me who originally wrote it up in Corel/Rebel, so it 
> >> should be easy to fix it... ;-)
> >>
> >> I will look at my copy of the package later today and send you some more 
> >> info...
> >> However, just searching packages.debian.org for nwlilo returns nothing. 
> >> Where is the package?
> > 
> > Makes sense.  "apt-cache search nwlilo" turns up nothing...
> > 
> > So what of the status/future of nwutil?
> > 
> > -Adam
> The package had been pulled out....
>  >>>>
> Package: nwutil
> Version: 1.4-3
> Severity: serious
> Hi,
> During the Debian QA meeting hold during Sept. 09th till 11th, we
> decided that looking at packages that haven't been uploaded for a very
> long time could cover up some QA problems.
> I've done this now and your package showed up on the list. I propose
> to remove it.
> There are almost no users, but some open bugs.

Oh no, that's not good!  I guess the "less than a hundred users" doesn't
take into account that there are only nine arm users registered with
popcon at all (why's that? there are more than nine of us on this
list... then again, it was six until a couple of weeks ago), and a
subset of those are Netwinders running nwutil.

Philip Blundell is listed as the maintainer, but he didn't reply to me
in more than a month as mentioned.

> I can not get in touch with James Troup who was the main ARM guy - I can 
> take over as a maintainer or co-maintainer, however no clue how to 
> organize it....

Great!  Organization is pretty simple.  I'd be happy to provide a patch
for any of my bugs as needed.

I'd hate to see this package vanish, those of us with Netwinders count
on it.

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