Re: usefulness of ITPs (Re: mosh ITP not done, just package name taken over)
People embarking on packaging a bit of software are also supposed to
contact the upstream author. When one contacts the upstream author
and they respond quickly and say they'd love to have the software
packaged and they don't know of anyone else doing so, an ITP can seem
(depending on the particulars of the situation) a bit superfluous.
If people are going to do only one of (a) heads-up to upstream author,
and (b) file an ITP, I personally would rather see them do (a). Of
course, doing both would typically be best.
Barak A. Pearlmutter
Hamilton Institute & Dept Comp Sci, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland