Re: upstream concerns
On Mon, Jul 26, 1999 at 08:25:16AM -0700, Darren O. Benham wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 26, 1999 at 02:51:54PM +0200, Francesco Tapparo wrote:
> > I'm maintaining scwm; Greg Badros, an upstream author, contacted me about
> > the page http://www.debian.org/Bugs/db/pa/lscwm.html. This page is a bit
> > misleading:
> > "Maintainer for scwm is Francesco Tapparo <firstname.lastname@example.org>. "
> > He would like better something as:
> > "Scwm is written by Greg J. Badros and Maciej Stachowiak.
> > Scwm's home web site is: scwm.mit.edu.
> > The maintainer for the Debian scwm package is Francesco Tapparo..."
> > and links to the upstream scwm page.
> > I agree with Greg. So I think would be very useful if the script generating
> > the pages would be updated to properly use an "Upstream Maintainer/s" and an
> > "Upstream Web Page" fields in the packages.
> > Is this feasible or it's hard? I'm not sure I've the needed skillful for
> > the job (I do'nt master html), but I can try.
> There is no Upstream anything in packages.. atleast not normally. There
> has been talk about adding those tag lines but nothing has ever been
I was not very clear: my proposal was to recognize these fields, their use
would be optional, and not the default choice: they would be used only if the
upstream maintainer ask to the package maintainer to have its name in our d
escription pages. I suspect a lot of upstream maintainer does not want that
(if we put their name in the BTS page, for example, they are going to receive
a lot of debian specific questions).
> The other thought.. the bug pages were not designed for giving out that
> sort of information. If a person wants to know, they can (and should) go
> to the copyright file in /usr/doc.. that's what the file is for. It might
> be possible to make a small change: say "Debian Maintainer for..." instead.
Yes, but a lot of people does not read the /usr/doc/* files. They surf the
web and they find the description pages.
> The final problem is who "owns" the BTS output. It's
> email@example.com. The WWW people have little control over the BTS.
Thanks I did'nt realize that, I'll mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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