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Re: Intention to NMU dpkg-www for l10n issues

> Dear Debian maintainer,
> The dpkg-www Debian package, which you are the maintainer of, has at
> least one very longstanding (over 100 days) localisation bug
> report. Often, but not always, this means that the package is not very
> actively maintained. I'm sending you this mail for checking the
> situation and to decide the next necessary steps. If there is some
> reason why you haven't fixed the bug yet, or there is something other
> you might want to tell me, i will be very happy about any feedback. In
> this case please accept my apologies.
> I have the intent to build and possibly upload a non-maintainer upload
> for dpkg-www in order to fix all its long-time pending
> localisation bugs (and these bugs only).
> Such changes are always harmless, which explains why I safely consider
> building NMU's for such issues even though they're obviously non
> critical.
> However, letting l10n bugs sleep in the BTS is simply not giving
> translators work the consideration it deserves, as fixing debconf
> translations is really a very simple modification to any package.
> This makes me call such NMU's "socially important" : when translators
> (who often are not official Debian developers but participate in in
> creasing our distribution diffusion) see that their work is taken care
> of, they are more and more motivated for contuing their sometimes
> boring activity..:-)
> I will notify the translators for languages for which the
> translation is still incomplete without update sent to the BTS so that
> they have a chance to send updates on time.
> The schedule for the NMU (in case it happens, that is if you agree with
> it or if I don't receive any answer in 7 days) is roughly the
> following:
> - - 4 feb 2005: send this notice
> - -12 feb 2005: post a NMU announcement to debian-i18n with you
> ~                (maintainer) CC'ed
> - -15 feb 2005: deadline for receiving translation updates
> - -17 feb 2005: build the package and upload it to DELAYED/2-day
> ~                send the NMU patch to the BTS
> - -19 feb 2005: NMU uploaded to incoming
> - -20 feb 2005: NMU enters unstable
> The patch for the NMU will then be sent to one of the l10n bugs so
> that you may incorporate it to your development tree later.
> I will then subscribe to the Package Tracking System for dpkg-www and
> follow its life for 60 days after my NMU in order to fix any issue
> potentially introduced by my upload.
> So, dear package maintainer, please mention me as soon as possible if
> you have any kind of objection to this process.
> If you'd rather do the fix yourself, I will of course leave the
> package alone. Same if you have motivated reasons for not doing the
> update now.
> Please keep debian-i18n@lists.debian.org CC'ed so that all Debian
> translators are aware of your intents regarding translation handling.
> Of course, any other translator wanting to have dpkg-www
> debconf templates translated in his/her language is welcome to quickly
> work on the templates.pot.gz file which can be found on
> http://www.debian.org/intl/l10n/po-debconf/pot.
> You can then send your PO file in the BTS (tagging it "l10n", severity
> "wishlist").
> Cheers
> Luk

I have just uploaded the new version. Sorry for the delay.

Massimo Dal Zotto

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