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Re: Maintainer information in source packages (was: Re: Returning to the requirement that Uploaders: contain humans)


Ansgar Burchardt wrote:

> as a more radical change one could also ask the question where to
> maintain the maintainer information.  Currently we handle this in the
> source package via the Maintainer and Uploaders field, and via team
> memberships.
> This has several limitations: for teams, Uploaders will often be
> useless (you don't want to list all team members in every team-
> maintained package).  The Maintainer field only really applies to
> Debian, in derivatives someone else should be contacted.  In stable
> releases, the field can often be outdated (it records who maintained
> the package some time ago, not who currently maintains it).
> So I have been wondering several times whether we should move the
> maintainer information elsewhere.  For example, tracker.d.o could be
> extended to record maintainer information.  It could also understand
> the concept of "teams" listing team members and whom to send mails
> about individual packages.

This would make me pretty happy, for what it's worth.


> For legacy purposes, the Maintainer field would then list ${source}@tra
> cker.d.o and the Uploaders field could be removed.
> This would also address the fact that various bits of our
> infrastructure don't know about Uploaders (like bugs.d.o only
> contacting the Maintainer).
> Ansgar