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Re: Work-needing packages report for Mar 2, 2007

Hi !

I have read the recent  discussion about maintainers not responding to
bug  reports and  about helping  existant teams.  This kind  of report
seems to be the best way to find who need help.

I have  looked at  the following bug  report since  I may help  on the
concerned packages.

>    apt-show-versions (#382026), requested 205 days ago
>      Description: lists available package versions with distribution
>      Installations reported by Popcon: 2267

No answer to a someone proposing help.

>    cvs (#354176), requested 371 days ago
>      Description: Concurrent Versions System
>      Reverse Depends: bonsai crossvc cvs-autoreleasedeb cvs-buildpackage
>        cvs2cl cvs2html cvschangelogbuilder cvsconnect cvsd cvsdelta (17
>        more omitted)
>      Installations reported by Popcon: 12145


>    docbook (#358522), requested 344 days ago
>      Description: standard SGML representation system for technical
>        documents
>      Reverse Depends: alcovebook-sgml docbook-dsssl docbook-to-man
>        sgmltools-lite
>      Installations reported by Popcon: 3864

I suppose the discussion has been taken off list here.

>    gpsdrive (#406522), requested 49 days ago
>      Description: Car navigation system
>      Installations reported by Popcon: 303

Idem here.

>    lighttpd (#401575), requested 87 days ago
>      Description: A fast webserver with minimal memory footprint
>      Reverse Depends: lighttpd-mod-cml lighttpd-mod-magnet
>        lighttpd-mod-mysql-vhost lighttpd-mod-trigger-b4-dl
>        lighttpd-mod-webdav
>      Installations reported by Popcon: 427

No answer to two people proposing help.

>    openssl (#332498), requested 511 days ago
>      Description: Secure Socket Layer (SSL) binary and related
>        cryptographic tools
>      Reverse Depends: afbackup afbackup-client alpine alpine-pico
>        anon-proxy aolserver4-nsimap aolserver4-nsopenssl apache-dbg
>        apache-ssl apache2-prefork-dev (546 more omitted)
>      Installations reported by Popcon: 26299

This one seems handled appropriately.

First remark :  the list is very short. Maybe RFH  should be used more

Second remark :  except for OpenSSL, on my selection,  it is not clear
whatever is happening. For most of them, as a non DD, I think that the
maintainer is not answering to propositions. Maybe he answers off-list
or  maybe he  is  waiting for  some  concrete actions  like solving  a

For me, helping  Debian is an hard task and  more guidelines should be
provided :
 - I  report  bugs but  I  think  that  maintainers should  ack  them,
   especially when the package has no active bugs.
 - I am not very good at translation
 - I don't use KDE nor Gnome so I cannot help on those one
 - I  have looked  over bugs  of glibc but  I am  not a  specialist of
   pthread,  aio and  most  bugs seem  hard  to hunt.  I have  however
   subscribed to the glibc-devel mailing list
 - I have packaged and seeked sponsor for two packages ; still no luck
   but this seems difficult to find sponsors
 - I look for orphaned packages but nothing for me yet
 - I look for RFH, but see above

This is a pity for me to  not be able to help Debian efficiently since
I am a Debian user since 2001 and I think I am relatively good skilled
with this distribution.
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