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Re: Bug#981113: ITP: root -- open-source data analysis framework

On Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 04:59:48PM +0100, Christoph Biedl wrote:
> Julien Cristau wrote...
> > On Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 04:34:14PM +0100, Stephan Lachnit wrote:
> > > * Package name    : root
> > [...]
> > > 
> > > I want to maintain ROOT in the science team. ROOT was already in Debian as
> > > `root-system` [1], but hasn't been updated since 2015.
> > > 
> > > [1] https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/root-system
> > > 
> > Please re-use the old name.  "root" is a terrible choice of package name.
> At least. Even "root-system" is not very distict, I'd rather choose
> something like "root-analysis-framework", assuming that name is a good
> description for what the package does.

tbh I'd just keep root-system only for consistency with the past.

However I have another concern, rather than the name:

> > > I will probably go with a more easy maintainable route like I did with Geant4
> > > for the start and do package splitting later.

I don't understand this statement.  It's not like it's the package split
that makes it more or less maintenable IMHO.  Actually, IME it's often a
more split package that might be somewhat easier to maintain.

The problem really is about somebody who can dedicate a long time to it,
not just one or two years.
For reference, just looking at tracker:
 * added in 2007, but the maintainer was immediately unavailable next
   year, so there were NMUs starting in 2009 not even 21 months after
   the first upload.  Removed in 2011 since nobody seriously picked it up
 * re-added in 2012, the maintainer looked motivated and clearly did
   quite a few uploads to maintain it, but that winded down in 2014, and
   after a bunch of NMUs was removed in 2016 (18 months after the last
   upload and 11 months after being removed from testing, so you can
   really just think of it as removed in 2015)

So history of this package shows that the interest wanes after ~2 years,
which meakes me wonder wether this is only driven by some external
factor, like some phd-driven work or similar.

I'm *not* in favor of adding such big piece of software to the archive,
if it's  interest is something that is assured to disappear in a couple
of years.  So please make sure of your motivation and state it.

You've been a DM for less than a year and you are already doing the NM
to become a DD, so I really hope the above history of src:root-system
doesn't happen again, at least not that quickly :)

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