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Bug#723736: I would like to maintain lintian4python

Hi Heather!

* Heather Brown <heatherbriannabrown@gmail.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 have.

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 packaging.

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)

Jakub Wilk

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