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Bug#502943: Missing entry in "Packages debian maintainers may update", or wrong interpretation of GR 2007/3 "DM"

Package: ftp.debian.org
Severity: important

[CC'ing -project]

Hi everyone,

A couple of days ago xserver-xorg-video-openchrome 1:0.2.903+svn599-1 was 
uploaded to experimental with DM-Upload-Allowed: yes; but despite this, it 
still does not show up in dm-uploaders.html[1].

The new package *does* also build a, dummy transitional, 
xserver-xorg-video-via package which was *not* present in experimental at the 
time of the upload of -openchrome's latest version, but *does* exist in 
unstable (actually in all but experimental) and is provided by a different 
source package.

The GR[2] *does* state the following:

> 5. The initial policy for the use of the Debian Maintainer keyring with the
> Debian archive will be to accept uploads signed by a key in that keyring
> provided: 
> * none of the packages are being taken over from other source packages

I believe at the time the implementation was made the above quoted point was 
missunderstood, as it prohibits uploads by *DM*s from taking over packages 
provided by another source package; and *only* that. It does not in that, nor 
any other, point state that following uploads are also prohibited.

As I understand it, once a DD uploads the package which takes over another 
binary package with regard to unstable the DM should be able to upload new 
package versions which do also provide the new binary package.

Unless my interpretation is proved wrong (reason why -project is CCed) please 
fixing the bug soon; as it would otherwise be useless the fact that I am a DM 
(at least for that specific package as it is *not* going to drop the -via 
transitional package before squeeze is released with it).


Kind regards,
Raphael Geissert - Debian Maintainer
www.debian.org - get.debian.net

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