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.
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