Re: WNPP now on the BTS
On Sun, 6 Aug 2000, Marcelo E. Magallon wrote:
> Hi Anthony et al,
> Right now, the following packages are tagged as orphaned and are not
> present on the distribution:
dpkg-scriptlib is in both potato and woody (binary packages dpkg-perl and
> dunc (it's in stable)
John Hasler (the former maintainer) said:
I suggested that it be removed as it is no longer functional, and I
believe that it was.
> Could you tell me the history of this package?
The author orphaned it. I took over maintainence for a while, but I
consider it obsoleted by pppconfig. I no longer have a copy on disk,
though I'm sure it's on a CD somewhere.
That's why I've closed this bug report.
> Now, about the packages marked as orphaned in the WNPP database but
> without Debian QA set as its maintainer, I think that is a real
> problem now. Either the information is wrong, or the package is not
> maintained at all. Those are:
> xmorph gqmpeg archie eggdrop hx sac simh simh-rsts-images
> simh-unix-images sliplogin dip visual-tcl gnotes acs upsd cdwrite
> chameleon wmsysmon sc xarchie yard mysql-manual dbf2pg
> browser-history procmail-lib rel gambc scsh tama wmmail csh cgiwrap
gqmpeg visual-tcl gnotes acs already have new maintainers; I have closed
> > I'd suggest having packages maintained by -qa be a "normal" bug,
> > unless they're standard or above in which case perhaps "important"
> > could be justified.
> Ok, sounds good. What about those orphaned and not marked as being
> maintained by Debian QA? I'd say once Debian QA takes over the
> package (that is, once that information is in the Packages file), the
> severity can be downgraded.
> This should have been: O -> important (the package /is/ orphaned),
> ITO -> normal (the package /will be/ orphaned unless someone
> expresses his intention to adopt it in a short time) and WTO ->
> wishlist (it's somewhat possible that the package gets ITOed and/or
> Oed at some point)
I can't see the point when a package has an "important" bug then: The
"right" way to orphan a package is to set the maintainer to Debian QA (and
to send a bug report against wnpp). If you argue like this, I can't see
any important bugs on wnpp.
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"Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
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