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How to become maintainer of a package???


I have been a user of Debian for years now.  I have been wanting to
contribute something back to the project, but haven't had the time
because I was doing a PhD.  I have just submitted my thesis (Yay!!!)
and suddenly have a bit more time on my hands!

There is a program I use for backups called Tbackup.  It is a very
nice bit of software and released under GPL, so I was surprised to
find that there was no Debian package for it!  Well, my idea is that I
could try and package this software for Debian and volunteer to
maintain it!  Now I've never packaged anything before, and I don't
know much about the ins and outs of becoming a maintainer, hence this
email asking for some help.  Perhaps people could tell me what I
should do, or what I should read.

One of the big advantages of Tbackup over other backup software I've
found, is that Tbackup includes error correction codes.  This means
that if your backup ever gets a little corrupted, there's a good
chance it can recover anyway!  This is functionality that tar and afio
don't provide.

Could people please reply directly to me, or cc a copy directly to me,
as I am not on the debian-devel mailing list.



P.S. The description for Tbackup is give below:

              Title = Tbackup
              Version = 0.9
              Desc1 = Tbackup (three backup) is a user friendly, fault tolerant
              Desc2 = package for making backups of a Linux filesystem. It is
              Desc3 = primarily designed to make multi-megabyte backups to a set of
              Desc4 = floppy disks. It has incremental backups, backup indexes,
              Desc5 = selective restore, error correcting codes, and more.
              Author = Koen Holtman
              AuthorEmail = koen@win.tue.nl
              Site1 = ftp.win.tue.nl
              Path1 = /pub/linux/tbackup
              File1 = tbackup-0.9.tgz
              Site2 = sunsite.unc.edu
              Path2 = /pub/Linux/system/Backup
              File2 = tbackup-0.9.tgz
              Required1 = gcc, fdformat, gawk, gzip, afio version 2.4.2 or higher.
              CopyPolicy1 = GNU GPL
              Comment1 = Tbackup can make compressed archives, and unlike tar+compress
              Comment2 = it can still deal with them if they are partially damaged.
              Comment3 = Includes mtools 2.0.5 for internal use.
              Keywords = tbackup backup floppy disk fault tolerant afio
              Entered = 26APR98
              EnteredBy = Koen Holtman
              CheckedEmail = koen@win.tue.nl

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