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Bug#42795: marked as done (Need mechanism to detect unmaintained packages)

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From: "Ottavio G. Rizzo" <rizzo@maths.univ-rennes1.fr>
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Subject: manpages-it


I suppose this is to report a bug on your bug reporting mechanism...

I'm the maintainer (the real one, not the Debian one) of the Italian
translations of the man-pages. I found out by mere chance (I'm not a
Debian user) that you have an internal bug reporting system where
users report bugs on the packages. 

The problem is, my package is unmaintained (the last deb package dates
back to four releases --- almost two years --- ago), so Debian users
who are reporting bugs related to the manpages to bugs.debian, and are
not getting any answer, may think poorly of the group of people who
are working hard on translating manpages: clearly this is

Therefore I suggest that, if a package does not get updated in a
reasonable time, all bug reports get forwarded to the real
maintainer. Of course the idea that a user will report a bug in the
package (as opposed to a bug in the packaging) to the distribution
packager and not to the real responsible is completely idiotic, but
who am I to say that?

Ottavio Rizzo, PhD		Coordinatore del progetto di traduzione 
rizzo@pluto.linux.it		in italiano delle manpagine di Linux

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Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2000 14:42:50 +0200
From: Raphael Hertzog <rhertzog@hrnet.fr>
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Subject: Mechanism for detecting unmaintained packages
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people who wish to do this kind of work already can (and I encourage them
to do so), they can use the lintian reports (with the error/warning
called ancient-standard-version) and then post to debian-qa asking us to
take over the package after having tried to contact the maintainer. Or
they can check the changelog to see the date of the last upload ... this
is already done by a little script (written by Joey Hess) and you
can see the result here (the list is quite long :-() :

I'm also setting up the qa.debian.org virtual package in the BTS which
may be used by our users to report this kind of problem (maintainer MIA,
package out of date, ...). I'll try to publicize this but I don't know yet
where and how. Anyway, this bug can be closed.

Raphaël Hertzog >> 0C4CABF1 >> http://tux.u-strasbg.fr/~raphael/
<pub> CD Debian : http://tux.u-strasbg.fr/~raphael/debian/#cd
      Formations Linux et logiciels libres : http://www.logidee.com </pub>

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