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Re: Two theses regarding packages

On Wed, Jun 06, 2001 at 10:47:18PM +0200, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> 1. The maintainer is responible for the quality of his packages.
> He should try to fix bugs within a reasonable amount of time.
> 2. When we consider something important the policy should force
> maintainers to change their packages.

Read the constitution again.  You can not force volunteers to do anything.
So, what you have to do to enforce those ideas is you have to kick out
someone who does not do what you say above.  This is not a good idea.

Now, I don't mind if you say that we should take the package away from a
maintainer who doesn't care.  In most cases, I don't think the maintainer
would be against it.

Honestly, I can't understand this line of thinking.  We are all volunteers
here, and our work is based on cooperation.  In my opionion, we should make
cooperation easier.  Rather than punishing and blaming people who don't
have time or interest to help, we should encourage those who do.  [1]

"Non maintainer uploads" are a good thing.  Groups of people maintaining a
big package or a set of packages are a good thing.  Cooperation and help is


[1] Real life example: When I became sloppy in maintaining gtkmm and glade,
other people NMU'ed it and I was very happy they helped out, until I found a
new home for them.  I was busy with Debian GNU/Hurd, and didn't follow 1 and
2 for those packages.  What should have been done with me?

`Rhubarb is no Egyptian god.' Debian http://www.debian.org brinkmd@debian.org
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