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RE: Becoming a package maintainer

> I have read the pages on the Debian website about becoming a 
> new maintainer, and what I would like to know, is a more detailed 
> summary of the responsibilities and tasks of a package maintainer. 
> I am famillilar with the basics, but would like to know more.

as simply as possible, a maintainer must:

answer and work on bug reports for his packages

keep up with debian policy and packaging rules

keep up to date with the upstream releases, it is also hoped that the debian
developer talks to the upstream and sends user feedback to them

as much as possible, be a part of Debian's processes.  This means watching for
votes, responding with ideas, voicing criticisms and praise, etc.

follow debian rules

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