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Re: Debian derivatives and the Maintainer: field (again)

Matt Zimmerman <mdz@ubuntu.com> writes:

> You quite obviously haven't read
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/05/msg00260.html yet, where I
> wrote (among other important things), "it would be fairly straightforward
> for Ubuntu to override the Maintainer field in binary packages".  I
> explained exactly what is and isn't difficult and for whom.

Notice that what you say, in response to what has been asked over and
over, is "my opinion is that changing the Maintainer field on
otherwise-unmodified source packages is too costly for derivatives in

But you say nothing about why.  You already have suitable automated
tools.  Since you are rebuilding the package, you *must* change the
version number *anyway*.  It is not correct to recompile, and leave
the version number alone.  If you were not recompiling, then no
modification would be necessary.

Moreover, what about category (2), packages which are modified?  Since
you are making a new source package *anyway*, why is it so expensive?

In response to your questions, as if they haven't been answered:

  If a binary package is built by a third party from unmodified Debian
  sources, should its Maintainer field be kept the same as the source
  package, or set to the name and address of the third party?

If the third party has their own bug-tracking system, then the
Maintainer field should probably be changed.  The original Debian
Maintainer should still be acknowledged.

  Should Debian-derived distributions change the Maintainer field in source
  packages which are modified relative to Debian?  If so, should this be
  done in all cases, or only if the modifications are non-trivial?

In absolutely every case, the Maintainer field should be changed if
you have altered the source in any respect.


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