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Re: Bugs for packages which don't exist anymore / missing maintainer

Gergely Nagy <algernon@madhouse-project.org> writes:

> "Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo" <manuel.montezelo@gmail.com> writes:
>> So I have several related questions:
>> 1) In general, what should the maintainers do to prevent such cases?
>> I guess that one could reassign the bugs from the old package to the
>> new one, but it seems obvious that this can be oversought easily,
>> especially for libpackages where SOVERSION changes often.  Is there
>> any automatic mechanism in place to try to prevent this?
> Not that I know of, no. For packages that change name reasonably often
> (or well, most library packages anyway), I'd think it would be best to
> reassign the reports to the source package upon receipt, so that it
> won't get lost.

Normaly bugs for binary packages show up for the source package too.

Why do these bugs loose that link to their source package? Have they
been gone so long the package isn't even in old-stable anymore and the
BTS doesn't record the source package anywhere?


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