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Re: Richard A Nelson (Rick) <cowboy@debian.org> MIA

On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 12:14:45AM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> [ adding MIA to Cc, for further inquiries, and the maintainer himself ]
> On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 06:33:05PM +0200, Harald Jenny wrote:
> > I'm sorry for disturbing all of you but I'm currently facing the problem that
> > the maintainer of the Debian sendmail package, Richard A Nelson, seems to be
> > lost. He does not react to bug reports nor mails concerning the libmilter
> > package which is used by some other software. Please if anybody is in contact
> > with him try to convince him that an update of this package is really needed.
> > If there is no response from him I must contact the release team and ask if
> > they would be willing to accept an NMU as the bug in libmilter bites a lot of
> > other software.
> Dear Harald,

Hi Stefano

> you don't need to wait for any specific authorization to
> prepare an NMU.

Well I personally find it impolite to prepare an NMU without prior getting in
touch with the maintainer...

> You can do that right ahead by following the guidelines
> detailed in the Developer's Reference at
> http://www.debian.org/doc/developers-reference/pkgs.html#nmu .

Thanks for the hint!

> In
> particular, the guidelines will tell you the appropriate DELAYED/XX
> queues to use depending on bug severity and age your NMU will fix.

Hmmm the bug lingers there a long time already and handicaps some other
software (including mine ;-) ).

> Of course, if you're not a Debian Developer, you'll then need someone to
> sponsor your upload.

Yes I'm not but I guess the time will come...

> Once the upload is done, you can then get in touch with the release team
> to check whether they'd be willing to unblock the package and have it
> into Squeeze, as we're currently in freeze (and as apparently no
> sendmail bug is currently marked as RC).

I know, I'm currently already in contact with the release team concerning
other packages - and concerning the RC bug: There is already a bug report but
I failed to make it RC :-/.

> Cheers.

Thanks and a nice day

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