Re: RFC: Why are so many debian packages outdated?
On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 6:58 PM, Russ Allbery wrote:
>> True. Part of the problem is appropriate terminology. This is a case
>> of what I would call an "undermaintained" package. Even though the
>> maintainer is still around, and may be quite active elsewhere, this
>> package has not gotten any attention in 2 years (even though multiple
>> upstreams have been released in the meantime).
> Putting aside this specific example, I don't think the criteria you're
> using to evaluate whether a package is undermaintained is valid. It's not
> always correct that maintainers should be blindly packaging every upstream
> release, and if upstream releases are minor and not important to Debian,
> it's perfectly reasonable to not prioritize that packaging among the
> various other things that one is doing.
Agreed. It is more complicated than just length of time without an
upload, but that is a very straightforward quantity to look up and
keep track of.
If one sees a package that has not been uploaded in 2 years (or 6
months or however long), I think we should make it so that they can
feel free to liberal NMU it with a 10-day delay. If the maintainer
was really planning to hold the package back for some reason, they can
always cancel that (preferably with some kind of note as to why).