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Bug#671364: Please decide on dma maintenance

On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:28:57AM +0200, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> Hi,
> On Sun, 23 Jun 2013, Russ Allbery wrote:
> > Based on the prior discussion in this bug, it looks like this is just a
> > case of an overwhelmed maintainer who hasn't had time to work on Debian.
> And who apparently fails to acknowledge it. Peter recently packaged
> libwebsockets (as a response to an RFP of mine) and I sponsored him. He
> did a lot of work in a burst and then dissapeared for weeks/months without
> replying to open questions.
> If he knew that he was already doing a bad job with dma, it's sad that he
> spent his available time on packaging something new for which we already
> had someone else willing to work on it.
> In the case of libwebsockets, we had Laszlo Boszormenyi also interested
> who acted as backup maintainer in the mean time.
> In any case, I believe that someone willing to help maintain dma, should
> just do the work and add himself as co-maintainer. We have had no signs
> that Peter would be opposed to that.
> > whole lot of time for Debian packaging for a while).  I know this is a
> > hard thing to do, since it always feels like you'll have plenty of time
> > next month, but have you considered trying to shed your load a little and
> > put packages up for adoption or at least comaintenance?
> +1

Hi everyone,

Well, the truth is that I am indeed guilty of letting the dma packaging
work slide too far.  Last night I thought about this, and today I was
going to write the following even before I saw Russ's and Raphael's
well-deserved responses (yes, I do realize that my words would have come
out better if I'd actually written them before these e-mails).

It turns out that, indeed, I have not found enough time to devote to the
maintainership of this package for quite some time now.  I will cede
maintainership to whomever desires it - my packaging work is available
at a Gitorious repository and, of course, it may be migrated to
collab-maint or something similar - unless the new maintainer desires to
start from scratch with the packaging of a newer version of dma based on
upstream's code.  I will only be glad to see this, IMHO important, mail
transfer agent gain even broader adoption.

I am truly sorry that this issue had to come to the CTTE's attention.
I apologize to everyone involved, everyone who bugged me over the past
two years, and everyone who came to learn about this issue through this
bug.  Yes, I know that the CTTE's purpose is not really to be a loud
wake-up call, it shouldn't have come to this.

Thanks again to everyone for the understanding, and sorry it had to come
to this!


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