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

Matt Zimmerman <mdz@ubuntu.com> writes:

> On Tue, Jan 17, 2006 at 04:09:50PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
>> 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
>> general."
>> But you say nothing about why.  You already have suitable automated
>> tools.
> I don't think you can speak to what tools we do or do not have.  The fact
> is, we import most Debian source packages unmodified, and do not have any
> such tool for modifying them.

Don't you run wanna-build, buildd and sbuild? It is easy enough to
change the maintainer field with that.

>> 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.
> I don't agree.  This isn't even the case within Debian.  Binary-only NMUs
> don't modify the source package, even though the binaries are recompiled.

They obviously do. The version is bumped and a new changelog entry is


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