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Bug#654116: RFH: screen -- terminal multiplexor with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation

Package: wnpp
Severity: normal


Debian's screen package needs help with bug triaging, wheezy migration
and upstream lobbying.

Jan took over Debian's screen package in 2007 and was a very active and
talented screen package maintainer. Unfortunately he no more has enough
time[1] to maintain GNU Screen in Debian.

  [1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=641867#20

Because I still prefer screen over tmux, I jumped in as co-maintainer a
few months ago and with the help of Brian P Kroth I managed to upload[2]
an upstream git snapshot to Debian Experimental which fixed especially
the tons of bugs already fixed by upstream. I also created a git
repository for Debian's screen packaging at [3].

  [2] http://packages.qa.debian.org/s/screen/news/20111009T025041Z.html
  [3] http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=collab-maint/screen.git

Nevertheless I know I won't be able to maintain screen alone until Jan
has time for screen again. So screen definitely needs more (co-)

Additionally there are a few issues where I'd be happy to have other
people to dig into, too, especially:

* http://bugs.debian.org/644788 -- screen 4.1.0 can't attach to a
  running or detached screen 4.0.3 session
* http://bugs.debian.org/649240 -- release-notes: Upcoming upgrade
  issues with GNU Screen for Wheezy

Both these bug reports are defacto about the same issue, the first is
the technical issue itself while the second is about how to handle the
implications for screen's wheezy migration.

And both bug reports are somehow also about lobbying at upstream to fix
this issue upstream instead just for Debian and derivate distributions
like Ubuntu. Unfortunately a first reply[4] from upstream was a "won't

  [4] https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/screen-devel/2011-11/msg00020.html

                Regards, Axel
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