Re: Regarding unresponsive Debian maintainers (was: Re: Open-Source environments for Java)
El Lunes 23 Mayo 2005 12:32, Jeroen van Wolffelaar escribió:
> There is the MIA effort, led by myself, that does periodically look for
> activity for all maintainers and inquire if activity is lacking.
> However, this takes a bit of time, and also, it does benefit to have
> tips about specific maintainers, because it is impossible to simply look
> at all maintainers, one needs to rely on some heuristic to try to detect
> inactive maintainers.
> The past half year or so there hasn't been much MIA activity from
> myself, mainly because as Andrew Suffield mentions, this is not the time
> for big changes, but more importantly, the release process at the moment
> can beter benefit of attention. If you have specific
> maintainers/packages, please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. See also
> http://bugs.debian.org/wnpp (and the archive page thereof) and look for
> bugs submitted by Martin Michlmayr or myself, and you'll notice how many
> packages actually get orphaned by this effort. It's just a tad slow
> process, and if apparantly nobody cares enough to NMU and/or raise
> issues with a package on some mailinglist, orphaning isn't of much use
> to the user either -- the package probably ultimately gets removed then.
> I do plan to start up a more structural package checking effort after
> Sarge is released, hopefully addressing at least part of your concerns.
However there are some developers who are not MIA, as they upload new
versions, but they ignore bugs for months/years, maybe because a lack of time
or other reasons.
I understand that we can't force them to orphan their packages (or yes?), but
at least the project should emphasize that orphaning a package or accepting a
co-maintainer is not a reason to feel ashamed. On the contrary, it is a way
to help Debian to advance, so they can be proud.
Maybe a polite email from the MIA effort to maintainers with long-standing
bugs (and no activity on them) could help. Something like:
"Your package has the following long-standing bugs:
Remember that Debian maintainers' obligations include to track and solve all
bugs, not only RC-bugs. If you are in lack of time, please consider to accept
a co-maintainer or to orphan the package."
I think this would help to the health of the project.