Re: Work-needing packages report for Mar 2, 2007
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
> 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
> Reverse Depends: alcovebook-sgml docbook-dsssl docbook-to-man
> 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
> 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
> 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
- 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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