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Re: Out of Date Package and Maintainer Absence

On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM, Jon Dowland <jmtd@debian.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 03, 2012 at 10:27:22PM -0700, Vincent W. Chen wrote:
>> I am willing to co-maintain the package with Manoj, or even maintain
>> it by myself if he's no longer interested in dealing with it. But
>> since there has been no reply from him I now turn to the list: any
>> suggestion on what I should do now, or what I should have done?
> You should start preparing a newer version of the package, making as few
> changes to the packaging decisions made by Manoj (e.g. stick with pre-dh
> debhelper if that's what he's using; don't introduce cdbs or other packaging
> helper tools if they aren't already in use; stick to the VCS he's using, etc.)
> and putting your WIP somewhere public, both as a repo that can be cloned and
> attach a patch to the bug. Tag the bug 'patch', too.  That way, we are talking
> in concrete, not abstract terms. Debian is a 'do-ocracy'.
I had already prepared a package at
https://mentors.debian.net/package/fvwm, though there were more
changes than what you described. Manoj was using hand crafted
makefiles, while I changed it to dh. I'll try to cut down the number
of changes and remember to tag the bug 'patch'. Thanks for the info.

Vincent Chen

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