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Re: RFS: autotrace (updated package)

Hi Tony,

On Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 06:23:39AM -0500, Edgar Antonio Palma de la Cruz wrote:
> El Mon, 08 Aug 2011 10:25:14 +0200
> Kilian Krause <kilian@debian.org> escribió:
> > To me it looks like there's a number of patches that aren't useful
> > anymore:
> > - If you're using autoreconf, are you sure
> > debian/patches/aclocal.m4.patch is needed? 
> This is no applied, is just for history. 

I guess this is what a VCS would do better than some loose files in the
Debian package. They confuse especially a sponsor more than they seem to
help IMHO. If you think they should be left there, you may want to mark them
as UNUSED in both filename and header or just move them to some ATTIC
directory under debian/patches.

And just for the record, when rebuilding your package the following files
are replaced due to the autoreconf anyway:

Thus there's no point in having a patch for them I'd say.

> Well the upstream was a little quiet the last few years(7) and there's
> no release since 9 years. Anyway I already sent a *ping*. 

*shrug* This makes me wonder how useful this package is in Debian regarding
having to support this for years to come in Debian stable. I'll make this
your call to make, but if upstream is dead this effectively means you're now
in charge to look after your package as if it were your own code I guess.
This may sounds more drastical than it actually is (there's a whole Debian
community to give you helping hands if you ask for it) but after all you
should consider how large the user community still is and if it's not really
better to move them over to a similar and still actively developed
alternative (if possible).


After a long walk I'd say that except for the unused patches the package is
now in a quite good shape and I hope you keep up the good work!

Thus, built, signed, uploaded.

Thanks for your help!

Best regards,

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