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Re: this all this xxx-jp nonsense (was: Re: ITP: grep-ja)

On Tue, 31 Aug 1999, Atsuhito Kohda wrote:

> On the other hands, I reported xearth to merge patch and lynx to 
> compile with --enable-nls option but it seems no response yet.


> Much recently I reported a2ps to merge patch and the maintainer
> responded immediately but the real work is not started yet because
> there may be problems for non multi-byte users.
> How do you think about these situations ?

Just because some maintainers are slow to answer does *NOT* justify in any
way a package fork. 

The right way to do it is to send a clean patch to the maintainer; then if
no action is taken after a while, offer to do an NMU; if still no action
after a while, either do the NMU yourself or ask the debian-qa team to do

This procedure might take a bit longer than forking new packages, but
that's the RightThingToDo(tm).


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