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Re: RFH: Multiarch capable toolchain as release goal

Robert Millan <rmh@aybabtu.com> writes:

> On Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 05:28:23PM +0200, Bernd Zeimetz wrote:
>> > I bet that multiarch gets included into Ubuntu about two weeks after
>> > we released lenny without multiarch.
>> That's indeed the way the maintainer seems to work, and he keeps sitting
>> on way too many packages, stopping progress in Debian. Thanks for the fish.
>> Multiarch should indeed go into Lenny, please consider an exception for it.
> Before you bring this to the tech ctte and such, don't you need a
> refusal by the maintainer?  I mean, AFAIK on this issue the only
> response has been silence.  And the usual way to deal with silence
> is to interpret it as lack of time rather than refusal (and
> accordingly send a polite offer to NMU).

It is normally polite to ask.  However, there are (as I'm sure we are
all aware) a number of developers who don't communicate with the rest
of the project *at all*, bar the occasional announcement.  Trying to
discuss or collaborate with these few is nigh on impossible--and I
have in some cases been trying for several years, and have yet to get
even *one* reply to my mail and patches!  It's like chucking them into
a black hole!

If you do want to wait for permission/refusal, you might find you
never get a reply and end up waiting forever.  So, why not wait long
enough for a reply, say a fortnight, and then go ahead and hijack it
after that if you have no response (and tell them in the mail that
this is what you will do).


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