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Re: [DEP5] [patch] Renaming the ‘Maintainer’ field ‘Contact’

On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 07:38:47PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> Le Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 03:03:32AM -0700, Steve Langasek a écrit :

> > The Copyright field should only ever be used to list copyrights.  To use it
> > for any other purpose would be gratuitously confusing.  So no, it does not
> > serve the purpose of identifying an upstream contact/maintainer.

> In my understading, the policy above asks for: 
>  - the name the upstream original authors;
>  - the name of the first Debian maintainers.

> It does not ask to single out among the original authors who is maintainer
> and who is not. One can be author but not maintainer.

> By listing all copyright holders, including the debian directory, we list all
> authors and debian maintainers, that is what I wrote above.

> However, it is not always true: when the copyright holder is not a physical
> person, or when the work is in the public domain, the autors are not listed.
> But singling out a couple of the currently most active ones as ‘maintainers’
> does not fullfil the Policy's requirement either.

> I think that the Policy should be fixed:

This is the wrong forum for that discussion.  If you want Policy to change,
please discuss this on debian-policy.  Until Policy is changed, DEP-5 should
continue to accomodate its existing requirements.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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