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Re: Updates in the very-old-stable

On Sun, Jan 06, 2013 at 01:54:34PM +0800, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> Neil,
> I agree on all what you said (eg: difficulties in doing such a maintenance,
> the fact we don't have unlimited manpower, etc.), but I'm still convince it
> would be worth a try.
> On 01/06/2013 04:39 AM, Neil Williams wrote:
> > It's not about prohibiting updates, it's that most maintainers don't
> > have time to support deprecated versions.
> How about allowing anyone to work on any package in very-old-stable?

Nothing stops you :)
> Please don't do again a very discouraging negative post.


We as DD have shell access to people.debian.org.  Also many people have
shell access to alioth.debian.org.  Both seems to have packages needed
to set up PPA like archive[1].  I think using any one of the following
tools should be good enough: 
 * reprepro (support pool)[2] (I am thinking now to use this soonish)
 * mini-dinstall[3]
 * dpkg-scanpackages (I used to use it.  Package: dpkg-dev)[4]

So theoretically, you can have PPA like archive supporting such or any
other purposes useful to our users.

[1] http://wiki.debian.org/HowToSetupADebianRepository
[2] http://upsilon.cc/~zack/blog/posts/2009/04/howto:_uploading_to_people.d.o_using_dput/
[3] http://wiki.debian.org/SettingUpSignedAptRepositoryWithReprepro
[4] http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ch02.en.html#_small_public_package_archive


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