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Re: Backports service becoming official

On 06/09/10 at 20:32 +0300, Andrei Popescu wrote:
> On Lu, 06 sep 10, 17:52:17, Ian Jackson wrote:
> > Alexander Reichle-Schmehl writes ("Backports service becoming official"):
> > > Because of limitations in the Debian Bug Tracking System, any bugs
> > > relevant to backported packages still have to be reported to the
> > > debian-backports [3] list, which have now also been moved to
> > > lists.debian.org [4].
> > 
> > What are the BTS limitations ?  Perhaps it could be improved to
> > support backports too.  Using mailing lists for this is a bit 1980's :-)
> From what I understand it's the version tracking and the fact that 
> backports can have a different Maintainer then the "regular" package.

Now that backports are becoming official, I think that it is the right
time to reconsider the maintenance model of backports. I would
personally prefer if we had the same rules of packages ownership as for
normal packages ("normal" backport maintainer = maintainer of the
package in unstable).

Of course, that doesn't remove the possibility for people to upload NMU
backports when the maintainer is not responsive/interested in providing
a backport. But then the normal rules of NMUs should apply (in
particular, the NMUer must not change the Maintainer field, and should
monitor the bugs of the package).

- Lucas

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