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Re: packages with invalid maintainer fields

Matthew Palmer <mpalmer@debian.org> writes:

> If the package is improperly maintained, someone else will take it over
> sooner or later and give it the love it needs, regardless of what is in the
> Maintainer: field.  Ignoring questions about the package (whether
> machine-assisted or through pure human means) is not a sign of an improperly
> maintained package.

One of the tasks of Debian maintainers is to assist users.  If a
maintainer is throwing some of their mail away totally unread, they
aren't doing what is required, and the package is *not* being properly

Package maintenance is not just a matter of occasionally doing an


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