Re: Good communication with upstream is good idea
On Sun, 2008-07-20 at 18:42 +0200, Bernhard R. Link wrote:
> * Osamu Aoki <firstname.lastname@example.org> [080720 14:57]:
> > I think we should encourage packager to contact upstream with simple
> > "hello!" message and he (or myself) should be part of active upstream ML.
> > After all, we all are human. Friendly "hello" always helps people.
> > I know this is not something we need to have as policy but as a part of
> > best practice document, it is good to mention. For Debian, "Developers
> > Reference". If I miss it in "Developers Reference", I am sorry.
> And then formulating such a mail is always a bit complicated. Not
> everyone knows that package maintainers in Debian are really about
> source modifications and saying helo can easily result in being offered
> the upstream maintainer hat.
The mail to upstream could include a snipet like :
"If you are curious about what `Packaging for Debian' involves, you can
read : http://wiki.debian.org/GettingPackaged "
A lot of good work was done on that page, it could probably still be
improved and be migrated to www.d.o/doc/.