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Re: Team uploads.

On Mon, Mar 08, 2010 at 09:28:11AM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Jan Hauke Rahm <jhr@debian.org> writes:
> > There is just one thing that bothers me: this new feature would invite
> > teams to actually put noone in the uploaders list.  The team would be
> > maintainer and no real person would be listed in the package.
> Lintian attempts to detect this but may not be able to depending on where
> the maintenance team list is hosted.

Although lintian is used by hopefully all maintainers (and is a great
tool for such tasks), it is not the place to clarify how to package. It
is the place to check what elsewhere was decided.

> > And I don't like this possible outcome. From a QA (and MIA) perspective
> > this is not a good idea.
> Wholeheartedly agreed.
> > So if you're going to write patches as you said, please consider adding
> > at least a "should" to policy about setting a real person as uploader
> > when the maintainer is a team (i.e.  mailing list).
> devref 5.12 already has something about this, I believe.

Not quite. 5.12 recommends a way to deal with team maintenance but is
not enough here. Reading 5.12 (list as maintainer, the one who feels
responsible as uploader) still allows having no uploader when noone
feels responsible.

I'd like to see a clear and unmistakle sentence somewhere (i.e. policy
or devref) saying that a package should have a real person as maintainer
or uploader. But now that I think of it, this is not necessarily related
to what Charles proposes.


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