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Re: Bug#340428: octave2.9 - lists mailing list as uploader in changelog

Stephen Gran wrote:
> This one time, at band camp, Rafael Laboissiere said:
> > I am moving this discussion to debian-devel, since I am not sure we
> > are really violating the Policy.  Feel free to move it further to
> > debian-policy, if you think it is appropriate.
> FWIW, Rafael, at first blush I have to say I agree with you.  A
> maintainer address in Debian is just a way to get in touch with someone
> when something goes wrong with the package.  If the mailing list is a
> good way to get in touch with people when those packages break, then it
> seems like a reasonable maintainer address.

AFAIU the changelog entry is supposed to bear the name of the uploader,
and thus can't be a mailing list. Policy 4.4 seems to support this:

    "The maintainer name and email address used in the changelog should
     be the details of the person uploading this version. They are not
     necessarily those of the usual package maintainer."

> Bastian, what's the rationale for the filings you've been doing?  Do you
> really think a mailing list address, (where any and all correspondence
> about the packages is presumably archived and possibly even publicly
> accessible), is somehow worse than mailing a single person (who
> hopefully archives their package mail, but maybe not, and can almost be
> guaranteed not to have publicly browseable archives)?  What are you
> hoping to do here?

It provides a convenient way to find the person who did the final
touches before an upload. The uses you are arguing are covered by
the Maintainer: field.


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