[pkg-go] Bug#975042: syncthing: consider providing a backport

Simon Frei freisim93 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 13:24:09 GMT 2022

On 31/01/2022 03:04, Nicholas D Steeves wrote:
> Hi Félix and Aloïs,
> Aloïs Micard <creekorful at debian.org> writes:
>> On Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:10:44 +0100 =?utf-8?B?RsOpbGl4?= Sipma <felix+debian at gueux.org> wrote:
>> Version 1.18.0 has been uploaded on testing, I will take a look
>> at the amount of work needed for a bullseye-backport, but I'm pretty
>> sure the magnitude of work will be consequent.
> As you know, I've also been working on this :-)  My three questions are:
> Would you like to help maintain the backport?
> Would you like to start now, or wait for 1.18.6?
> How would you like to divide up the work?
I am not the adressee here, but taking the liberty to respond anyway as 
it fits:
I am an upstream maintainer and Debian user. I'd be very interested in 
helping out with this packaging. As a full disclosure: I will keep 
directing users reaching us (upstream) to use our own apt repo, because 
the highly outdated (by design) packages debian stable, which also 
aren't actively maintained (as in bugfixes backported), provide a poorer 
experience to users. However the package exists, so I'd love to help 
make it better.

I have dabbled in some packaging, but with emphasis on dabbled (mostly 
bugs, few small patches). I did provide a few patches for important 
problems on syncthing before bullseye, and have a branch with a lot 
more. However response times were pretty slow and when I once did a PR 
directly, I somehow didn't follow the right packaging flow (I looked at 
some team documentation).
Basically at this point I am willing to invest time in the syncthing 
package, but as a non-DD/DM I need a DD/DM that wants me to do that and 
is willing to tell me how they want my contributions. As in how should 
the source/git be organised. My personal preference would be git only 
(what tree/source/patch format?), but I am willing to send patches or do 
other stuff if that's preferred.

And I am missing Alexandre Viau in this email discourse so far - he is 
the one doing most of the work on Syncthing so far. And thus it's 
probably mainly him who needs to express in what form I or any other 
contributor could/should chip in. Thus sending this to him too.

Please let me know your thoughts and whether what I wrote made any sense :)

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