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Re: orphaned packages in DWN?

On Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 07:15:53PM +0100, Martin Schulze wrote:
> Sean Neakums wrote:
> > begin  Adam Olsen quotation:
> > 
> > > On Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 09:18:55AM -0800, John H. Robinson, IV wrote:
> > >> keeping the community updated is a nice thing, this is why so very few
> > >> of our lists have closed subscriptions. using DWN as a forum for _this_
> > >> purpose i believe is bad.
> > > 
> > > Perhaps.  Certainly, DWN isn't just for developers, so it's a bit off
> > > topic there.  However, posting packages that have gone unmaintained
> DWN: Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian developer community.
> (from <http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/>.

Oops :)

> > > for a long time, and which we're not planning on removing completely,
> > > would get a response if it was actually used by somebody.
> > 
> > How about listing packages that are orphaned on DWN once, when it
> > happens, with a pointer to the full list of orphaned packages?
> > Something like:
> > 
> >   Three packages were orphaned this week: blah, blorp and foop,
> >   bringing the total to xxx.  Please see
> >   http://debian.org/wherever/the/list/lives for the full list.
> > 
> > seems suitable for a user-oriented newsletter.
> You are invited to provide such information on a regular basis
> phrased similar to the recently added packages item.
> That's not said to stop you.

A slap in the face in reality, but then, isn't that what this is all
about?  This is an important issue for debian, but there's many other
important issues too, and in the end the ones that get improved are
the ones that get improved.

Anyway, I did some searching and found two interesting posts, although
not the one by Bas Zoetekouw that was mentioned earlier.  The first is
http://www.geocrawler.com/archives/3/216/2001/11/100/7020148/, and
it mentions a script to remove old bugs from wnpp[0]; Not directly
useful.  The second is
which says there's a lintian error/warning called
"ancient-standard-version", which I believe can detect when a debian
package is far behind the upstream version.

[0] Actually, the script is to generate wnpp summaries, which would
help in clearing out old bugs.

Adam Olsen, aka Rhamphoryncus

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