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Re: what should I do if I want to adopt one orphaned package?

On 8/11/17, 慕 冬亮 <mudongliangabcd@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear all,
>     I want to adopt one package - Bochs [bochs: IA-32 PC
> emulator<http://bugs.debian.org/659023> (package
> info<https://packages.debian.org/src:bochs>)] which is orphaned since 2011
> days. And the current version in sid is 2.6-5.
>     The official website shows that the latest version of Bochs is 2.6.9.
> And the history for bochs is as follows:

< snipped to directly target one point >

>     What should I do and which document should I read in advance?
>     I have been using Debian for three years. I have some knowledge about
> Debian package development. I only have a little experience in debian
> software packaging.
>     Besides, I have a problem in subscribing debian-devel mailing list with
> current email. I confirmed the email, but with no any response.

Have you checked out Debian-Mentors yet? These very kinds of questions
are *exactly* what they do over there. Very friendly, supportive group

One person, a mentor, recently explicitly stated they'd rather see
people mess up doing things they don't know and then have to ask
questions on that list. That's because the alternative would be where
people might not participate, might not help established developers at

For some reason that caused me to wonder if the Debian-Devel list was
maybe a somewhat closed list that was only for experienced developers.
Wouldn't make sense in an open environment, but still I wondered. I do
see a "This list is not moderated; posting is allowed by anyone" kind
of air there:


BUT I also do see their description which is "Discussion about
technical development topics". If you click on just the latest month's
worth of archived conversations, it *is* higher end, "technical"
questions there so beginner developer questions would not go over
well. :)

That makes Debian-Mentors sound like a decent alternative to me. :)


You could try subscribing to that Debian-Mentors list and see if you
still have trouble. If you do still have trouble, down at the bottom
of the pages is this email address:


Does anyone know if it's appropriate to use that email address if one
is having trouble with subscribing?

Or is there maybe a better one available that people having trouble should use?

#ThankYou in advance if anyone knows! :)

Cindy :)
Cindy-Sue Causey
Talking Rock, Pickens County, Georgia, USA

* runs with duct tape *