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Re: Bug#908155: Coordination with upstream developers not universally applied

On Fri, 7 Sep 2018, Ian Jackson wrote:

> I think it is usually better if the Debian maintainer can do this.
> I would like to encourage maintainers do do it.  But I really don't
> think we can make this mandatory.

Uhm… it’s been mandatory the last couple of years.

> It's all very well to say that package maintainers "should" do
> something.  Package maintainers "should" fix all bugs in their
> packages.
> But we have limited effort.  It is better to have a package in Debian,
> but where users have to do some more of the work, than no package.

Good point.

As I wrote in <[🔎] alpine.DEB.2.21.1809071504120.5896@tglase.lan.tarent.de>
I don’t think it’s sensible to _forbid_ maintainers to ask users to
report upstream. My concerns is more about cases in which that is
a big burden on the users. Tons of bug trackers come to mind, or being
unskilled in the interna of a particular package.

As long as it’s a “should” in the same sense as “should fix bugs in
their packages”, and package maintainers keep an eye on users’ bug
reports and, when necessary, help them (providing infos to upstream,
packages to test to users who can’t (easily) build themselves, and,
yes, definitely *also* forward bugs upstream, occasionally.

Does this sound like an option?

[17:15:07] Lukas Degener: Kleines Asterix-Latinum für Softwaretechniker:
	   veni, vidi, fixi(t) ;-)

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