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Re: Debian Science Policy (was: adding mpich to pkg-scicomp)

Le Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 06:50:12PM +0100, Daniel Leidert a écrit :
> This is *not* the policy of Debian Science! Debian Science does not have
> any packaging policy and will hopefully never have one. Being part of
> Debian Science just requires to care about scientific packages or
> related goals. It will (and must) *never* require to follow any
> packaging policy except the Debian policy and it also must not require
> to join Alioth!

Hi Daniel,

there is obviously a name clash between:

 - the Debian Science project, as started in July 2005
   (lists.debian.org/msgid-search/42E9FA31.7060108@debian.org), that aims at
   being a information and discussion place for scientists using Debian, and a
   place to develop the Debian Science blend.

 - the debian-science group on Alioth
   (http://alioth.debian.org/projects/debian-science), that is mostly used to
   host packages.

The group policy prepared by Manuel is a tool for people using the
debian-science group on Alioth and who are interesting in letting their
packaging workflow converge in order to ease the exchange and help on each
other's package.  There is of course no intention to dictate anything to the
maintainers of the packages that are recommended by the metapackages of the
Debian Science blend.

I hope it clarifies. Perhaps the debian-science policy can be renamed "Alioth
debian-science repository packaging policy", or something in the same spirit
but more readable, if you think that the current title is too misleading.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Manuel for his work. I am sure
that the group policy he prepares will increase the long-term sustainability of
the packaging effort made on Alioth to provide programs for the Debian Science
blend !

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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