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Re: Q: Raphaël Hertzog: dpkg / collab-maint

Hi Clint,

On Wed, 12 Mar 2008, Clint Adams wrote:
> Why isn't dpkg in collab-maint on Alioth? Why should it be or not be?

dpkg has been maintained in various VCS repositories since 1999 (CVS, then
arch, then SVN, and now Git), it's a natural choice for a software
maintained and further developed by several persons.

collab-maint's purpose is to work collaboratively on the _packaging_
of (upstream) software for Debian. Even though packaging sometimes
involves modifying the software, it's not really comparable to the work
done by the upstream author of a given software. Thus I believe that
it's just right for dpkg to have its own repository.

It's important to have quality and consistency in the work done on such a
package and thus it's good that the maintainers in charge can selectively
grant (and revoke) write rights to the repository.

> As DPL, how would you react to the recent events concerning dpkg
> development?

Honestly, it's difficult to say as I'm too much involved. Maybe the
opinion of Moritz and Lucas would be more interesting on this particular

That said, (at the beginning) I was not directly concerned by the problem
(which is mainly between Ian and Guillem): I jumped in because I want to
see the triggers merged and I want(ed) Ian to be able to help us
effectively. I invested lots of hours to explain to Ian how I have been
able to join the dpkg team and what kind of interactions were

In the latest discussions (see
http://people.debian.org/~hertzog/debian-dpkg.log) I have been as far as
telling him that I would support his inclusion on the team provided he
respected some rules:
- review with other members before merge of any big branch
- proper git commit logs
- rebase of small patches before pushing

I believe I have tried my best to prevent the problem by talking both to
Ian and to Guillem, obviously it has not been as successful as I hoped.

Raphaël Hertzog

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