Re: 'unsupported packages' (was Re: uugetty?)
On Tue, 7 May 1996, Steffen Mueller wrote:
> On Tue, 7 May 1996, Craig Sanders wrote:
> Hi Craig,
> > As an added bonus, you also get the satisfying feeling of putting
> > something worthwhile back into debian!
> At least some preservation of config files should be done additionally
> to the simple control file setup.
> > Maybe there should be an 'unsupported' directory for packages which
> > have been released but don't have an active maintainer...or is this
> > what 'contrib' is for? Also, allow any package in 'unsupported' can be
> > adopted by anyone who takes the time to actively maintain it.
> That's okay so far but it doesn't guarantee bug maintainance. Assume all
> those folks going to install some of these packages and run into
> No problem for the experienced user but quite annoying to all the
> members of the mailing lists dealing with supported packages.
> > encourage this? Does the benefit of having lots of extra packages
> > outweigh the disadvantage of having bug reports about unsupported
> > packages?
> That's what really could be a problem.
> Generally packaging "unsupportet" files would be okay as long as those
> packages are marked UNSUPPORTET or orpahned. If someone adopts it it can
> make its way into one of the common directories with a small comment
> "adopted 96xxxx by John Doe" + "Maintainer : "
> Any suggestions ?
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How about a debian-hacker@ or debian-guru@ mailing list where programmers
debian can all take a crack at problems as they arise for unsupported
packages? I think a lot of people would contribute who otherwise don't have
the flexibility/confidence to fully maintain packages... and people on the
list would probably, in time, start 'graduating' into maintaining packages.
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