Bug#723736: I would like to maintain lintian4python
* Heather Brown <email@example.com>, 2014-08-21, 13:15:
I am trying to be a Debian Maintainer and I'm new to it. I know Python
and Perl so I think maintaining the lintian4python package would be a
good starting point.
I don't think so. It's a difficult package. It requires deep expertise
in packaging Python software for Debian, which presumably you don't
So no, I'm not handing lintian4python over to you; or at least not yet.
You are of course welcome to provide me with patches. There are many
open bugs; some of them shouldn't be difficult to fix.
Based on reading the Debian documentation on this process, I believe
that if you accept my request to take over as maintainer, then you need
to sign my public key (attached) and then I can send a mail to the
debian-newmaint mailing list to state my intent.
No, that's not quite right. You don't have to have to your OpenPGP key
signed by anybody to be a package maintainer. However, at least at the
beginning, you need a sponsor:
You probably got confused, because there is a Debian role named "Debian
Maintainer" (note the capital letters). DMs are people who have a
restricted ability to upload packages to the Debian archive without a
sponsor. To become a DM, you do need a Debian Developer's signature on
your OpenPGP key. But you can't become a DM without prior experience in
Last but not least, you must never sign an OpenPGP key if you didn't
meet the key owner in person. Thus I will not sign you key. (But if you
happen to live in southeastern Poland, I'd happy an arrange a
key-signing meeting. ;-P)