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Re: mosh ITP not done, just package name taken over

On Sunday, March 25, 2012 19:20:10, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> writes:
> > I don't completly boycott filing ITP bugs. I've filed at least three this
> > decade; two for packages I could not immediatly upload due to a
> > copyright issue, and one for a package that had an independent
> > debianization not in the archive. Applying a little common sense to
> > filing ITP bugs will get you a long way toward realizing any possible
> > benefits.
> > 
> > The appropriate thing to do when confronted with a months-old ITP
> > for a package with the same content or name as your package is almost
> > certianly to ignore old "intent" and get on with it.
> But this goes to far. ITP specifically exists to state that you are
> working on the package so that others can contact you before they work
> on the same thing. And they make the most sense when the packaging is
> going to take a while.
> Simply ignoring the ITP or hijacking the ITP is just rude.

There's a flip-side to this story, which is what happens when an ITP is filed 
and left-for-dead.  This then turns into a situation where a prospective new 
packager then needs to figure out how to re-assign the ITP to someone else, 
(because hijacking an ITP is just rude) before working through debian-mentors 
to get a sponsored upload.  This isn't simply theoretical, as a package I've 
been slowly working on is in this very situation.

  -- Chris

Chris Knadle

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