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Bug#573745: No response from official maintainer

Sandro Tosi <morph@debian.org> writes:

> Sadly, this absence of reply is not something surprising me (and others
> I think, as also Paul discovered[0]). This lack of communication,
> interest and the overcommitting of Matthias is what has made us call to
> the Technical Committee about Python maintainership.  Given this is a
> perfect example of what we wanted to show, I add the TC bug in CC, to
> also show that situation is still going on.

> [0] http://lists.debian.org/debian-mentors/2010/09/msg00018.html

A maintainer not responding quickly to a request to take over a package
they've uploaded themselves as recently as this February, to upload a new
major version of a package without any RC bugs, during a release freeze
(!), is not a particularly compelling example of malfeasance.

> Given Romain's reply is 10 days old, given Paul already pinged doko on
> IRC, given you contacted several times Matthias (and since several
> months)

The first contact about 0.8 recorded in the BTS is August 1st, which is
not several months (although is before the official beginning of the

> and none of these generated any reply, I think you can go on and take
> over the package.

I don't agree.  The new version is not eligible for squeeze regardless,
and it seems to me like there's some time to ask Matthias what his
intentions are concerning the package, whether he is interested in
transferring it to a new maintainer, etc.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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