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Re: Lists of Maintainers

>>"Andreas" == Andreas Jellinghaus <aj@dungeon.inka.de> writes:

Andreas> aren't email addresses included in that file ? some people
Andreas> don't like to give their email addresses to public.

	Umm, I think the idea is to start with the *public* Debian
 keyring file,  and take those addresses, and filter out the email
 addresses from the Maintainer addresses in the Packages files, 

	Both these sources are already on most Debian machines as
 /usr/doc/debian/debian-keyring.tar.gz and /var/lib/dpkg/available.
 No loss of privacy there.

	I think that initially just collecting a baseline to include
 into an xearth file manually is a good start (seeing as people have
 little time to spare on this).

	We can then include the data into a database (I am leaning
 towards a tied-hash using the Btree implementation of Perls DB_File
 class); an email parser that parses (from the body of email)


	The email field maybe optional. The data shall be made
 available under the GPL. Also, I think, we would want the messages to
 come PGP signed to maintain integrity of the database.
 % pgp +batchmode < message or something.
	Oh, Lindsay Allen <allen@cleo.murdoch.edu.au> has taken over
 the initial effort from me (doubtless he'll make his own announcement
 once the sun's over the yard arm down under).
	I am not initially thinking of a web based interface (should
 be easy enough to tie in a CGI script to the database, but initially
 let us just get a nice xearth file going before we get ambitious (I
 am likely to be pulled out and sent to Hong Kong any time now, and,
 to top that off, I am attempting to buy my first house in the next 4



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Manoj Srivastava               <url:mailto:srivasta@acm.org>
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