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Re: Ubuntu and its "appropriation" of Debian maintainers

Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> Every Debian derivative I have seen does this the same way.  There is some
> inaccuracy in either case, but I think this is the lesser of the evils:
> - Changing the maintainer field
>   - "<foo> is taking credit for my work!"
>   - Requires modification of every source package, even if it is otherwise
>     identical
> - Not changing the maintainer field
>   - "<foo> is blaming me for someone else's bugs!"
>   - Users sometimes contact the wrong party (though reportbug does the right
>     thing)

Maybe it's worth modifying the debian/control file a bit when you
are altering the package such as

   Maintainer: becomes Debian-Maintainer

and a new


line with the "new" maintainer of this package.

That would both give credit to the upstream Debian maintainer and
show that the current maintainer in this distribution is somebody
else who should be bothered in case of problems.



If nothing changes, everything will remain the same.  -- Barne's Law

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