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Re: This is how packaging should be done.

On Mon, Jun 10, 2002 at 06:33:07AM -0700, Jeremiah Mahler wrote:
> Not everyone is forced to use the packages contributed from the public.
> There can still be packages approved by official developers. A user
> could decide to only use the packages marked as approved and they would
> be as safe as Debian is now.

That's called a sponsored NMU.  Debian already allows for developers-in-
training to make such submissions.  If members of the public at large want
to patch Debian packages, nothing stops them from joining the NM queue,
making their patch, and seeking a sponsor to get it uploaded.

> What about the situation where a package is broken and the maintainer
> is unreachable. In the model described in the article anyone could
> fix the package (assuming it is not a critical package) but it would
> be marked as new so that people who only want safe packages would
> know to stay away from it. Then, if the maintainer comes back he/she
> could check the package and approve it so that it could now be used
> by people who want safe packages.

Anyone at all can post a patch as part of a bug report.  If the maintainer
responsible is not quick to act on it, then another developer can NMU the
patch, once it has been checked out to verify that it fixes the problem
properly.  It is not as hard as you make it out to be.

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