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Can we help the release by proposing package removals?

Hi all,

prompted by weekly news, I had a look at the RC bug page.

I think that one limitation of the RC concept is that it does not distinguish:
 - the packages that would not be part of the release if it were to be done today,
 - the pacakges without which Debian will not release.

Let's see for instance the first package of the list on
http://bts.turmzimmer.net/details.php : acl2. Its maintainer is not keeping up
with his packages (most are NMUed), and he did not anwer recently to the bug.
Acl2 is a leaf package with a popcon score of 50. Unofficial Lenny support
could probably be supplied through backports.debian.org if there were users
requesting it and developers willing to contribute time on a mid-term basis.

Would it help the release team if people who want to help would file properly
argumented requests of removal for such packages? This would clear the RC radar
and focus energy on the packages without which Debian can not consider

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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