Re: Changing the value of Maintainer field
* Ian Jackson <email@example.com> [2018-05-15 12:53]:
Rafael Laboissière writes ("Re: Changing the value of Maintainer field"):
After the next upload to unstable, packages autodep8 and autopkgtest
will have the Maintainer set to firstname.lastname@example.org. People
interested in receiving messages sent to that address should set their
subscription preferences at
I have to say that I find this inconvenient. (If I understand how
this is going to work now.)
Sorry for that. I thought that consensus was reached and went ahead with
the change. Let us discuss the issue and revert the change in Git, if
I read the lists for a lot of packages I am interested in, but do not
maintain. I gateway these lists to public newsgroups on my server,
where other chiark users can read them too.
As I understand it, now, after this change,
* I will have to subscribe manually using my tracker account
* If I want to filter the emails back to the newsgroup, I will
have to write some custom filter configuration (which risks
exposing my tracker password)
How are you filtering the messages sent to the email@example.com
mailing list right now? How would it differ if you were going to filter
messages sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* I will have to do this for each team or mailing list which was
previously simply a mailing list and choses to use this new approach.
I think it would be better to have the automatic emails sent to the
list, and expect list subscribers who do not want to receive them to filter
them out. I think most list subscribers will want to receive these
emails in one place.
We would need to do a survey to address this issue.
Also, doing that means that replying to the automated emails will
reply to the list, which is usually correct.
I checked what happens with the packages maintained by the Debian Octave
Group, for which the Maintainer field is set to
email@example.com. This address receive automatic
notifications sent by "debian-bts-link", "Debian FTP Masters", and
"Debian Bug Tracking System" (and perhaps others). When I reply to any
of those messages, they never go to the mailing list, but to the