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Re: Packaging team best practice

Hi Noah,

On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 14:54, Noah Slater <nslater@bytesexual.org> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have been having some discussion with a member of the Erlang packaging team
> about best practice and comparing this with the Python Modules packaging team.
> The two teams approach things slightly differently...
> Python Modules
>  * The focus is on individual maintainership
>  * Uploaders is always set to the team email address
>  * Maintainer is generally set to the email address of the primary person
>    maintaining the package even though as a team the package is sometimes
>    edited by other people

This is not entirely true: each one can choose to set maintainer as
the team or a "real person"; for example, take a look to every module
I package[1] in the team: the Maintainer field is always set to the

Additionally, this was already discussed some time back[2].

> Erlang:
[ ... 8< ... ]

Well, you can even cite the perl team, with a different policy[3]

> Clearly some teams will organise differently, and that's fine, but it would be
> nice if we could agree a set of guidelines for using the Maintainer/Uploaders
> fields consistently across teams.
> This would, at least, make using the Quality Assurance reports more useful.
> The closest thing I could find to a set of packaging team guidelines is:
>  http://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Guidelines
> Nothing is mentioned in relation to this issue.

I think I'm not seeing the issue here: some team can even just provide
a "common place to store package", a "wing" under which maintainer can
keep the package.

> Thoughts? Feedback? Am I missing some existing documentation?

Well, I think that teams are composed by people with a common intent,
so if those people agreed on a process to maintaint package, so let it

I don't know if "imposing" something would come out with a better
situation than the actual one.


[1] http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=matrixhasu@gmail.com
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-python/2008/03/msg00014.html
[3] http://pkg-perl.alioth.debian.org/policy.html

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