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Re: Help to ship a better rsync on Buster




Hi Samuel,
(replying above the message as it's all quite relevant but I don't have
anything specific to comment on)
It's true that I have a lot less time nowadays than a couple of years
ago to spend on Debian, unfortunately. This is becoming more and more
obvious.
Feel free to upload a new release with your changes. I'd like to still
be to "official" maintainer, so I would like to review your stuff first.

Thanks for your work!

Paul

On Sun 23 Dec 2018, Samuel Henrique wrote:
> 
> It got to my attention the rsync is a little behind our standards wrt to
> packaging and it looks like the maintainer doesn't have time to deal with
> that at the moment.
> 
> Basically what I want to do is to upload the new release (along with some
> packaging fixes), adding new Uploaders while keeping the original
> Maintainer, or maybe moving it to a team while also keeping the original
> maintainer.
> 
> The few changes that I already made:
>  - Package the last release (which fixes a good amount of bugs and security
> issues)
>  - Create a git repo on Salsa and use git for packaging [0]
>  - Fix d/watch in order to be able to use uscan to download new releases
> 
> Things that I would like to have fixed, either for Buster or later:
>  - Use debhelper with quilt instead of a complex d/rules that manually
> apply patches
>  - Use autopkgtests
>  - Bug triage
> 
> I understand that as I'm not familiar with the rsync packaging, some of the
> things may have been a explicit maintainer choice with a rational behind
> it, and that could be either spotted by a more experienced Debian
> Developer, explained by Paul, or discovered when changing it.
> 
> Here are the points which leads me to think the maintainer might need help
> with rsync:
>  - Last upload of rsync from maintainer was almost 2 years ago
>  - Last upload of maintainer (any package) was in March 2017
>  - There were two NMUs after that
>  - There is an open bug (#906895) since January asking for packaging of the
> new release, without replies from maintainer[1]
>  - A lot of open bugs, 74 as of now.
> 
> On a side note, I can see that there was recent (August 2018) email
> activity from Paul, so hopefully he may reply something about this.
> 
> Overall, I can see that rsync is not a simple package to deal with, Paul
> having made a great job for many years all by himself, I would like to
> receive help with that so we all can ship a better rsync on Buster :)
> 
> The transition freeze is for 12th January of 2019, so we would need to
> upload this new release asap, in order to account for time to fix any RC
> bug that may show up before the new release enters Testing. We can also
> pick which changes we want to ship for Buster and which ones we want to
> upload to experimental because we don't wanna risk introducing bugs that
> close to the freeze.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> [0]https://salsa.debian.org/debian/rsync
> [1]https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=906895
> 
> 
>  --
> Samuel Henrique <samueloph>

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