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Re: Bastian Blank (MIA?) and zope-zwiki

On Sun, Jan 02, 2005 at 11:13:50PM -0700, Joel Aelwyn wrote:
> So, upon running into some issues with it recently, I pulled up the QA
> page for zope-zwiki, and realized that it is, to put it mildly, "not in
> great shape". This message is to check with Bastian as to whether he is
> active, wants to keep zope-zwiki, and intends to update it (last upload
> 2003-05-03, looks to have never made it into Testing due to bugs, and has a
> Grave(security) bug open against it for 38 days now).

If you'd have done some minimal checking[1], you'd have noticed that
Bastian Blank is not Missing In Action, in any case.

I do agree that zoke-zwiki doesn't look in a good shape though. As
currently a 0-day NMU policy is in effect for release-critical issues,
you're free to use this policy to NMU the package (however, read on
> If not, my intent is to package and upload a reasonably current version
> (since 0.37 and 0.38 should both fix the security bug, and there appears
> to be minimal use in fixing 0.18 as it is almost two years out of date),
> including a pass through the bug list to tag or close those that appear to
> be fixed by the new version.

If you're not maintainer, you can always look through other people's
buglists, and tag those bugs 'fixed' that you believe shouldn't be open
> Since I need the package with relative speed, I'll be doing a local version
> ASAP, but I will wait until someone can either confirm Bastian as being
> a known MIA, or I get a response, to upload anything to the main archive
> (honestly, it's in bad enough shape that I don't feel doing an NMU just to
> have the default 1 week delay is going to do anyone much good). Instead,
> I'll wait at least one week before kidnapping the package, more if folks
> feel it is warranted.

If you suspect people to be MIA, better contact mia@qa.debian.org with
your suspection, as then _all_ packages need to get looked after. Also,
people can be on vacation or just very temporarily away, and it's polite
to give them a bit more time to react.

This is not the case here though, I asked Bastian Blank, and it appears
to be a misunderstanding: Someone showed interest in the package quite
some time ago, Bastian assumed he'd take care of it, but to day this
someone didn't yet followup, with as result the current situation.

In a moment I'm going to file an orphan bug, and set you as the adopter,
so you can then adopt the package anytime you wish by uploading with
"Adopted package (Closes: #the-bug-I'm-about-to-submit)", and meanwhile,
you can really close bugs etc :).

Most times, just mailing a maintainer privately works fine if you're
concerned about a package, it doesn't happen really often the people
don't reply at all.


[1] For example by checking out last activity in the Debian LDAP

Jeroen van Wolffelaar
Jeroen@wolffelaar.nl (also for Jabber & MSN; ICQ: 33944357)

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