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Work-Needing and Prospective Packages for Debian GNU/Linux

Work-Needing and Prospective Packages for Debian GNU/Linux
$Id: packages.sgml,v 1.69 1998/02/02 23:05:28 johnie Exp $

1.  General Questions

1.1.  Before reading this document

You should have read the Debian GNU/Linux FAQ

1.2.  Purpose of this document

This document is intended to identify areas that need your
contributions. It provides information that hopefully changes quite
often, so it supplements the Debian GNU/Linux FAQ.

1.3.  Getting newer versions of this document

Newer versions of this document will be available via FTP and HTTP:

  o  <http://www.debian.org/doc/prospective-packages.html>

  o  <ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/doc/package-developer/prospective-

  o  <ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/doc/package-developer/prospective-

1.4.  Feedback

Please send additions, corrections, suggestions and wishes to the WNPP
maintainer wnpp@debian.org.  Please mention to which version of this
document your comments refer.

Try to change the subject of your mail to reflect the packages you're
talking about, it makes it easier for to sort out all "Re: Work-
Needing and Prospective Packages" emails. A suggested subject line
reads "WNPP: removing foopackage" or "WNPP: working on barpackage".

2.  Recent Changes

2.1.  Since version 1.68 1998/01/26

  o  Christophe Le Bars <mailto:clebars@debian.org> has adopted hylafax.

  o  Aaron Howell <mailto:aaron@sunrise.bayside.net.au> has adopted

  o  hpack
   and rar <http://www.zetnet.co.uk/RAR.T-Mail/> archivers added to
   packages which need debianization.

  o  Federico Di Gregorio <mailto:fog@perosa.alpcom.it> has adopted

  o  Anselm Lingnau <mailto:lingnau@tm.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de> is
   working on tclhttpd (a TCL-based WWW server).

  o  Luis Francisco Gonzalez <mailto:luisgh@cogs.susx.ac.uk> is working
   on gdl_imlib and ElectricEyes

  o  Lesstif added to packages needing a new maintainer.

  o  More Christoph Lamter <mailto:clameter@fuller.edu> packages are
   available for adoption: zed, wanpipe, frad, dhcp-client-beta, dhcp-
   relay-beta, pptp-linux, and mtr.

3.  Orphaned packages

(An orphaned package is a package that has no current maintainer.)

Please inform wnpp@debian.org via e-mail:

  o  when you find that you need to orphan a package

  o  when you believe that the following list is incomplete

  o  when you would like to maintain one of these packages.

Patrick Edwards pje120@mail.usask.ca :

  o  cfs (non-us)

  o  saytime

  o  sigrot

  o  sniffit

Brian White bcwhite@pobox.com :

  o  cfengine

  o  zyxel

Joey Hess joey@kite.ml.org :

  o  Kmodplayer

Steve Dunham dunham@cps.msu.edu :

  o  xtar-dmotif

  o  xtar-smotif

Andreas Jellinghaus aj@dungeon.inka.de :

  o  kde

  o  giflib

Rob Browning rlb@cs.utexas.edu :

  o  blt

Helmut Geyer Helmut.Geyer@iwr.uni-heidelberg.de :

  o  ghostview

  o  xxgdb

Orn E. Hansen :

  o  xega

  o  xmailtool

Yves Arrouye Yves.Arrouye@marin.fdn.fr :

  o  compress-package

  o  ppd-adobe-common, ppd-adobe-extra, ppd-adobe-misc, ppd-gs

  o  psptools

Dominik Kubla dominik@debian.org :

  o  csh

Raul D. Miller moth@debian.org :

  o  j1 (in old source format)

  o  sam

Jim Robinson jimr@simons-rock.edu :

  o  mh-papers

  o  term

Doug Geiger runexe@ntplx.net :

  o  apsfilter

Erick Branderhorst branderh@debian.IAEhv.nl :

  o  mathpad

  o  wenglish

Christian Linhart chris@cosy.sbg.ac.at :

  o  xarchie

  o  bibindex

Stuart Lamble lamble@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au :

  o  fsp

Guy R. Thomas gthomas@native-ed.bc.ca :

  o  dld (do we still need this ?)

Patrick J Edwards edwards@cambridgnet.sk.ca :

  o  mailpgp

Robert Leslie rob@mars.org :

  o  motifnls

David Engel david@ods.com :

  o  tcl74

  o  tcl75

  o  tk40

  o  tk41

Philippe Troin phil@fifi.org :

  o  tclx74

  o  tclx75

  o  tix40

Michael Fletcher zidj@geocities.com :

  o  javalex

  o  java-cup

  o  rsynth

Karl Sackett krs@cortex.caos.aamu.edu :

  o  courtney

  o  groupkit

  o  imgstar

  o  lee

  o  objpak

  o  pgapack

  o  premail

  o  saoimage

  o  snns

  o  tcs

  o  wily

  o  xbattle

  o  xephem-smotif

Christian Schwarz schwarz@monet.m.isar.de :

  o  hyperlatex

  o  latex2rtf

Herbert Xu herbert@debian.org :

  o  gettyps


  o  rc

  o  xcompat (should we drop it ?)

  o  libc4 (a.out compatibility)

4.  Packages needing a new maintainer

Please inform wnpp@debian.org via e-mail:

  o  when you find that you'd like to discontinue maintaining a package

Please inform wnpp@debian.org and the mainatiner of the package:

  o  when you would like to maintain one of the packages.

J.H.M. Dassen (Ray) jdassen@wi.LeidenUniv.nl :

  o  lesstif.

   Maintaining the package itself is not difficult - the packaging is
   reasonably straight-forward. The difficulty with this package lies
   in the fact that LessTif still suffers from many bugs (e.g. a
   memory leak showing up with xmcd, locking up X with nedit and DDD)
   and some missing features. The ideal maintainer would be somebody
   who is familiar with debugging X stuff, and who is prepared to work
   closely with the upstream developers.

Rob Browning rlb@cs.utexas.edu :

  o  libident

  o  scm

  o  slib

Vincent Renardias vincent@waw.com :

  o  scilab

Sven Rudolph sr1@inf.tu-dresden.de :

  o  seyon

  o  lpr

Martin Schulze joey@infodrom.north.de :

  o  staroffice3

Christoph Lameter clameter@waterf.org :

  o  dhcp

  o  dhcp-beta

  o  dhcp-client-beta

  o  dhcp-relay-beta

  o  frad

  o  pptp-linux

  o  mtr

  o  wanpipe (Tools for kernel WAN functionality)

  o  zed (editor)

  o  adpkg

  o  berolist

  o  bonnie

  o  debsums

  o  defrag

  o  floppybackup

  o  fvwm95

  o  gpc

  o  gpc-doc

  o  isite

  o  jail

  o  jered

  o  le

  o  libgpc2

  o  mserver

  o  nat

  o  ncsa

  o  omirr

  o  optimizer

  o  pash

  o  poppassd

  o  sftp

  o  sharefont

  o  smb-nat

  o  transproxy

  o  xfstt

  o  xskat

  o  zmailer

Karl Ferguson karl@tower.net.au :

Christian Schwarz schwarz@monet.m.isar.de :

  o  lurkftp

Vincent Renardias vincent@waw.com :

  o  lde

  o  xabacus

  o  xmcpustate

  o  xodo

Michael Meskes meskes@topsystem.de :

  o  html2latex

  o  icmake

  o  ntfs

  o  umsdos

  o  xftp

Joost Witteveen joost@rulcmc.leidenuniv.nl :

  o  axe

  o  pixmap

  o  pstoedit

  o  wm2

Scott K. Ellis storm@gate.net :

  o  hypermail

5.  Packages that someone is working on

Programs listed in this section aren't yet available as Debian
packages, but someone is working on providing a package.

If you would like to work on one of these packages please contact the
responsible person listed below.

Luis Francisco Gonzalez luisgh@cogs.susx.ac.uk :

  o  ElectricEyes <http://www.labs.redhat.com/ee.shtml>

Anselm Lingnau lingnau@tm.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de :

  o  tclhttpd (a TCL-based WWW server)

Shaleh shaleh@livenet.net :

  o  Enlightenment <http://www.enlightenment.org/>

Erik Andersen andersee@debian.org :

  o  Willows TWIN <http://www.willows.com/>

Jean Pierre LeJacq jplejacq@quoininc.com :

  o  printop (lprng GUI)

Alexander Lazarevic lazarevi@prinz-atm.cs.Uni-Magdeburg.DE :

  o  squeak (implementation of Smalltalk)

Stuart Lamble lamble@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au :

  o  Modula-3

Igor Grobman igor@digicron.com :

  o  (x)battleball (3D soccer game)

Brian Bassett brian@butterfly.ml.org :

  o  Caldera COAS

Joel Klecker jk@espy.org :

  o  zile (an emacs-like editor)

Yann Dirson ydirson@a2points.com :

  o  tkman

Darren torin@daft.com :

  o  giftool

Brian Sulcer bsulcer@gibson.com :

  o  vile (vi-like editor)

  o  rogue

  o  umoria

Martin Schulze joey@infodrom.north.de :

  o  vtwm: Virtual Window Manager for X11

  o  yodl

  o  w3-msql (W3 frontend for mSQL)

Christian Lynbech lynbech@daimi.aau.dk :

  o  ilisp (emacs interface to a number of lisp systems)

  o  hyperbole (emacs hypertext/info management system)

  o  oobr (emacs package for browsing OO programs)

  o  STk (Scheme Tk, a scheme interpreter with Tk support)

Dermot Bradley bradley@debian.org :

  o  Umich LDAP

  o  Nocol (network admin/monitoring)

Vincent Renardias vincent@odin.waw.com :

  o  FWF (Free Widget Foundation) - A pretty good set of graphic widgets

  o  Aero (A Physically Based Simulation and Animation System -
   <http://www.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/ipvr/bv/aero/> )

Klee Dienes klee@sedona.com :

  o  NIST's POSIX validation suite

Yoshiaki Yanagihara yosiaki@bsd2.kbnes.nec.co.jp :

  o  japanese packages (mule, canna, Japanese Extended less)

Boris D. Beletsky borik@isracom.co.il :

  o  MIT scheme

  o  Scheme->C

  o  Freedom Desktop <ftp://fsw.com/pub/fdlite/FDlite1.32.tar.gz>

Christian Leutloff leutloff@debian.org :

  o  newtonlink

  o  jadetex

  o  dtdparse

  o  biss-awt

Todd Graham Lewis tlewis@mindspring.com :

  o  Kerberos ver. V (crypto) (non-US maintainer still needed)

  o  socks

Kai Henningsen kai@khms.westfalen.de :

  o  sather

Loic Prylli lprylli@graville.fdn.fr :

  o  jove

John Goerzen jgoerzen@complete.org :

  o  WorldVU-Atlantis BBS package

  o  midiplay (MIDI player)

Tristan McCann trismcc@nh.ultranet.com :

  o  Linux phone

Martin Alonso Soto Jacome masoto@uniandes.edu.co :

  o  jazz midi sequencer <http://rokke.grm.hia.no/per/jazz.html>

Christian Meder christian.meder@utoronto.ca :

  o  MuPAD

Andy Mortimer andy.mortimer@poboxes.com :

  o  TinyMUSH

Yann Dirson dirson@univ-mlv.fr :

  o  Using SGML - basic concepts (documentation)

  o  Understanding and writing SGML DTDs (documentation)

Hamish Moffatt hamish@debian.org :

  o  mars_nwe <ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/ncpfs> (Netware server )

Marco Budde Marco.Budde@hqsys.antar.com :

  o  HTML version of Matt Welsh's "Installation &  Getting Started"

Charles Briscoe-Smith cpb4@ukc.ac.uk :

  o  UPS - the X-based debugger. (There are Linux-specific patches

  o  GSpreview

Peter Tonoli anarchie@brimstone.suburbia.net :

  o  terroid

Joost Kooij joost@kooij.com :

  o  xbat

Will Lowe harpo@udel.edu :

  o  clisp

Stephan Suerken suerken@fh-worms.de :

  o  uae

  o  gom

  o  xpcd

Brian S. Julin bri@mojo.calyx.net :

  o  hypernews

Robert Resendes resendes@ici.net :

  o  omniORB <http://www.orl.co.uk/omniORB/omniORB.html>

Ole Jrgen Tetlie olet@ifi.uio.no :

  o  battalion

Jean Pierre LeJacq jplejacq@quoininc.com :

  o  crack

  o  cracklib

Federico Di Gregorio fog@perosa.alpcom.it :

  o  reiserfs

James R. Van Zandt jrv@vanzandt.mv.com :

  o  emacsspeak-bs

  o  emacsspeak-ap

  o  emacsspeak-ac

  o  emacsspeak-xx

David Damerell damerell@chiark.greenend.org.uk :

  o  mangband

Gregor Hoffleit flight@thefly.mathi.uni-heidelberg.de :

  o  gstep-make

  o  gstep-gui

  o  gstep-xdps

  o  gstep-db

  o  dgs

  o  cakit

  o  ockit

  o  objc

Brian Bassett brian@butterfly.ml.org :

  o  cgic - CGI C library from boutell.com.

  o  srgp - Simple Raster Graphics Package

Leonardo Boselli leo@dicea.unifi.it :

  o  listguard - mailing list manager

Gergely Madarasz gorgo@caesar.elte.hu :

  o  hugs - haskell interpreter

Branden Robinson branden@apocalypse.sequitur.org :

  o  xtrs - TRS-80 emulator

Claus R. Wickinghoff chef@sundancer.oche.de :

  o  changesys - newsgroup ordering tool

6.  Programs that aren't available yet in Debian

Programs listed in this section aren't yet available as Debian
packages, but there has been an expressed desire to include them.

If you want to create a Debian package, please send an e-mail to

6.1.  Programming and development:

  o  ECoLisp - a Common Lisp compiler that produces faster code but
   isn't as widely used as GCL

  o  CLiCC - Common Lisp compiler that generates stand-alone apps
   (rather large ones, though)

  o  CLX - Common Lisp Xlib implementation

  o  PCL - Portable Common Loops for GCL

  o  Cross-compilation environments for alpha, m68k, SPARC

  o  ACE <http://www.cs.wustl.edu/~schmidt/ACE.html> (a free C++

6.2.  USENET news software:

  o  strn.

6.3.  Graphics:

  o  Kubota Graphics Corporation's now-PD 3-D visualization system,

6.4.  X11:

  o  The LGPL-ed GUI library fltk
   <http://www.cinenet.net/users/spitzak/fltk/> which is supposed to
   be compatible with (non-free) XForms toolkit.  Use of XForms is the
   sole reason that several useful packages like lyx are in contrib
   rather than main.

  o  Andrew

  o  mergemem <http://www.mondoshawan.ml.org/mergemem/>

  o  grok (database with many functions)

  o  xidle

6.5.  Networking/Communication

  o  Roxen <http://www.roxen.com/> (WWW server)

  o  ftptool

  o  Speakerphone/Answering Machine for USR and Rockwell Modems

  o  SSL FTP and FTPD <ftp://ftp.psy.uq.oz.au/pub/Crypto/SSLapps/>.  If
   possible, the SSL functionality for the daemon should be ported to
   the one in netstd, as that may contain security fixes not in SSL

  o  multicast (MBONE)

6.6.  Text utilities

  o  HTML editors (tkHTML, auc-html.el)

  o  Virtual Paper

6.7.  Misc

  o  Artificial Life Programs ( http://alife.santafe.edu )

  o  Acmaint <ftp://ftp.ecn.purdue.edu/pub/ACMAINT/> (User
   administration tool)

  o  hpack
   (non-us archiver)

  o  rar <http://www.zetnet.co.uk/RAR.T-Mail/> (shareware archiver)

7.  Programs that someone should write

This section contains suggestions/wishes for programs. There is no
known implementation of such a program for Linux.

  o  amspell (ms-dos) like spell checker, i.e. a spell checker what
   checks the complete text first, searching for alternatives (on the
   fly) and asking for user action at the very end of the checking
   process. This saves much time on low memory machines.

8.  Historic Changes

8.1.  Since version 1.67 1998/01/19

  o  The cfengine, saytime, sigrot, sniffit, and cfs packages are now

  o  The Enlightenment <http://www.enlightenment.org/> window manager is
   being worked on by Shaleh <mailto:shaleh@livenet.net>.

  o  The libident, scm, and slib packages need a new maintainer; contact
   Rob Browning <mailto:rlb@cs.utexas.edu>.

  o  Erik Andersen <mailto:andersee@debian.org> is now working on
   Willows TWIN <http://www.willows.com>, the multi-platform windows

  o  Added mention that fltk
   <http://www.cinenet.net/users/spitzak/fltk/> needs to be packaged,
   to replace the non-free XForms library.  And mergemem
   <http://www.mondoshawan.ml.org/mergemem/>, which reduces
   application memory usage.

  o  The C libraries have been adopted by Dale Scheetz

  o  Jean Pierre LeJacq <mailto:jplejacq@quoininc.com> is working on
   printop, a tcl/tk GUI for lprng.

  o  Adam Klein <mailto:aklein@eskimo.com> has adopted ncompress.

  o  Alexander Lazarevic <mailto:lazarevi@prinz-atm.cs.Uni-Magdeburg.DE>
   is working on squeak, an implementation of Smalltalk.

  o  The hsc package has been uploaded.

8.2.  Since version 1.66 1998/01/12

  o  New maintainer Randall Loomis <mailto:rsl@zanshinsys.com> has
   adopted bridge and bridgex.

  o  Eric Prestemon <mailto:ecp@io.com> has adopted freelip.

  o  A.F.R. Bain <mailto:afrb2@hermes.cam.ac.uk> has adopted ftnchek and

  o  GNU R is uploaded.

  o  The xtar suite and Kmodplayer are now orphaned.

  o  Anders Hammarquist <mailto:iko@netg.se> has adopted knfs.

  o  The dhcp, dhcp-beta, tama (Net Tamagotchi server), wanpipe (kernel
   WAN tools) and zed (editor) packages are now available for adoption
   from Christoph Lameter <mailto:clameter@waterf.org>.

8.3.  Since version 1.65 1998/01/05

  o  Martin Schulze <mailto:joey@infodrom.north.de> is giving away the
   staroffice3 installer, and Vincent Renardias
   <mailto:vincent@waw.com> is offering scilab.
  o  The autofs, sidplay, dialdcost, xmbdfed, gnome, siag, synaethesia,
   abc2ps, and abcmidi packages have been uploaded.

  o  Davide G. M. Salvetti <mailto:salve@debian.org> has adopted lacheck
   and auctex.

  o  Joel Klecker <mailto:jk@espy.org> has adopted vgrind.

  o  The xproc package is no longer orphaned, as it is included in

8.4.  Since version 1.64 1997/12/29

  o  Craig Small <mailto:csmall@debian.org> has adopted procps.

  o  Richard Braakman <mailto:dark@xs4all.nl> has adopted ftplib.

  o  Kai Henningsen <mailto:kaih@khms.westfalen.de> has adopted adbbs.

  o  Gergely Madarasz <mailto:gorgo@caesar.elte.hu> has adopted htdig.

  o  Douglas Bates <mailto:bates@stat.wisc.edu> has adopted xspread.

  o  Adrian Bridgett <mailto:adrian.bridgett@poboxes.com> has adopted
   tkdiff and uploaded pppload.

  o  Stuart Lamble <mailto:lamble@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au> is working on

  o  Karl M. Hegbloom <mailto:karlheg@bittersweet.inetarena.com> has
   adopted suidmanager.

  o  The pgcc compiler is obsolete and no longer listed as orphaned.

8.5.  Since version 1.63 1997/12/22

  o  Frederic Lepied <mailto:Frederic.Lepied@sugix.frmug.org> is working
   on xmbdfed, a powerful X11 font editor.

  o  Boris D. Beletsky <mailto:borik@isracom.net.il> is working on a
   Scheme->C translator.

  o  Glimpse has been adopted by Marco Budde

  o  Herbert Xu <mailto:herbert@gondor.apana.org.au> has taken over
   netpbm and chimera.

  o  Andreas Franzen <mailto:Andreas.Franzen@nordkom.netsurf.de> has
   adopted xarclock.

  o  New maintainer Adam P. Harris <mailto:apharris@onshore.com> is
   adopting addressbook.

  o  Igor Grobman <mailto:igor@digicron.com> is working on xbattleball.

8.6.  Since version 1.62 1997/12/15

  o  Elie Rosenblum <mailto:erosenbl@nyx.net> has adopted the arpd

  o  The lxtools packge is now being maintained by Mark Eichin

  o  Joel Klecker <mailto:jk@espy.org> is now maintaining 9fonts, 9menu,
   9term, 9wm, and mimedecode.

  o  Juergen Menden <mailto:menden@morgana.camelot.de> has adopted

  o  Martin Mitchell <mailto:martin@debian.org> has adopted flin, and is
   working on synaethesia (a cd player with graphical effects).

  o  Steve Kostecke <mailto:steve@kostecke.net> has adopted linuxlogo.

  o  The Linux Explorer, DQS, and PVM are now uploaded.

  o  Orphaned majordomo, ratfor77 and ftnchek.

  o  Steve McIntyre <mailto:stevem@chiark.greenend.org.uk> has adopted
   unarj, lha, nas, giftrans, and xpostitplus.

  o  Request for "debian administration tool" dropped, since as Brian
   Bassett <mailto:brian@butterfly.ml.org> is now packaging COAS.

8.7.  Since version 1.61 1997/12/08

  o  The postgresql and typist packages are now uploaded.

  o  The witalian package is now being maintained by Davide G. M.
   Salvetti <mailto:salve@debian.org>.

  o  Orphaned glimpse.

  o  Ole J. Tetlie <mailto:olet@ifi.uio.no> has adopted pari and

  o  Debmake is now maintained by Santiago Vila Doncel

  o  The verse, bible-kjv, and worklog packages are now maintained by
   Oliver Elphick <mailto:Oliver.Elphick@lfix.co.uk>.

  o  Paul Slootman <mailto:paul@debian.org> is now maintaining

  o  Removed strn from "not available" section.

  o  The giflib and kde packages are now orphaned.

  o  Joel Klecker <mailto:jk@espy.org> is now maintaining macutils,
   mcvert, and opie, and is working on zile (an emacs-like editor).

  o  Juergen Menden <mailto:menden@morgana.camelot.de> is now working on
   the orphaned package dialdcost.

  o  Yann Dirson <mailto:ydirson@a2points.com> is working on the
   previously orphaned package tkman.
  o  Removed agrep from text utilities needing packaging, as it is
   contained within glimpse.

  o  Jim Mintha <mailto:jim@geog.ubc.ca> is working on taking over the
   packages lsof and automount.

  o  Dropped the orphaned package bzip completely.

  o  Igor Grobman <mailto:igor@digicron.com> is packaging battleball, a
   3D soccer game played with tanks.

  o  Orphaned arpd and vgrind, as Dominik Kubla has left the Project.

  o  Douglas Bates <mailto:bates@stat.wisc.edu> is working on GNU R,
   which is not unlike S, a language and system for statistical data
   analysis and graphics developed at Bell Labs.

  o  Removed perl documentaion from works in progress, as the provided
   manpages are sufficient.

  o  Roberto Lumbreras <mailto:rover@lander.es> has adopted the radiusd-
   merit package.

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