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Re: Debian QA Group and orphaned

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On Tue, Jun 15, 1999 at 01:07:29PM +0900, Atsuhito Kohda wrote:
> Does this mean that orphaned packages are not necessarily
> withdrawn but are maintained by the Debian QA Group ?

Yes. In some cases, QA Group maintains the package until the next
release, sometimes more, sometimes less. It depends on the importance
of the package in question usually.

> If so, when and how a package is withdrawn from distribution ?

If the previous maintainer, or someone else files a bug against
ftp.debian.org asking for removal of the package.

Though I have not yet witnessed any other type of withdrawal,
I think the QA Group manager can do this with several packages, too.

> And does an orphaned package maintained by the Debian QA Group is
> really maintained by the Debian QA Group ?

QA Group will fix the release critical bugs in the package. Anything
else is not guaranteed.

> The above question comes from my experience that 
> - In Packages/unstable/tex/dvi2tty.html, dvi2tty is explained as
>   Debian QA Group is responsible for this Debian package. 
> - I reported a bug of dvi2tty to the BTS about one year ago
>   but it is not fixed yet.
> So I wonder if the Debian QA Group really maintains dvi2tty.

Apparently, nobody has yet taken some time to examine this case.
Post to debian-qa list, ask for someone to volunteer.

> Also I have an intention to maintain dvi2tty when I can become
> a developer so I am afraid dvi2tty will be withdrawn from distribution
> suddenly.

Mail wnpp@debian.org saying that you intend to do this.

> And why I can not found dvi2tty in doc/prospective-packages.html

Because nobody put it there :) It is accomplished by mailing

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