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Re: Taking over a package from an active DD

Am 11. Januar 2018 15:06:13 MEZ schrieb Mattia Rizzolo <mattia@debian.org>:
>On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 09:26:23PM +0800, gustavo panizzo wrote:
>> I sent 2 emails to the DD asking its plans for the package
>> and offering to take over the maintenance. To date I have no answer.
>> What can I do?
>Sadly, we have no good ways to deal with those cases.  Your options
>1 keep mailing hoping something will happen
>2 keep NMUing like crazy hoping the maintainer won't mind and won't
>  overwrite your changes
>3 do a "co-hijack", i.e. add yourself in Uploaders, and hope the
>  maintainer won't mind
>4 completely hijack the package and hope the original maintainer won't
>  mind
>5 get the Technical Committee on board and have them hijack the package
>  from the current maintainer and give it to you
>Also sadly, the only options that are "written down" and widely
>are 1 and 5, where 1 most likely will lead to nothing and 5 will make
>everybody angry.  2 will be totally awkward and annoying in the long
>run, and 4 most likely will upset the current maintainer.  IMHO the
>shot is to do a number of NMUs in several months, and then try option 3
>(possibly followed by 4 a couple of years later or so).

At DebConf 17 we had a BoF (if you love your package let it go) on this topic and one outcome was to advocate the proposal to salvage those cases/packages:

(I'm currently on the road so it's hard to elaborate more ATM)


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