Dbus-c++ Debian package maintainership.

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Fri Mar 18 08:11:19 UTC 2011

On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 08:19:50AM +0100, Adrian Knoth wrote:
>On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 12:29:35PM +1100, Luke Yelavich wrote:
>> If the team decides to not maintain this package, then we need to 
>> either make sure the package gets a maintainer in Debian from 
>> somewhere, or, we talk to Upstream about alternative solutions. I 
>> understand and accept in advance any reasons given to not take over 
>> maintainership of dbus-c++.
>Let me add the following statement from ffado-devel to the discussion:
>   http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=26942187
>maybe the unbundling of dbus-c++ was premature.  Upstream appear not to 
>do any releases nor do they seem to have arrived at a stable API yet. 
>And downstreams have source incompatible versions of it or don't have 
>it at all.
>If we arrive at the conclusion that dbus-c++ is unmaintainable, I'm 
>happy to re-add the embedded dbus-c++ bits upstream. Though I have 
>commit rights, we could also do it locally with a quilt patch.

The very fact of one other package using the same library is to me proof 
that we (Debian) should maintain dbus-c++ as a separate package despite 
upstreams possibly feeling it relevant to ship it internally.

I would certainly hope that upstreams, if internalizing, does so without 
a) making it difficult to instead link against a system shared library 
or b) forking it by making local hacks to local copy of dbus-c++ code.

I find it inappropriate for this team to maintain dbus-c++ - it is not 
specific to Multimedia.

I would be happy to join forces with you, Luke, on maintaining dbus-c++ 
at the collab-maint area or in some other team more appropriate for 
this.  I won't call it "sponsoring" as that is easily associated with 
"you are responsible, I am your mentor" which might (or might not) be 
the initial situation but should not the atmosphere we are aiming at - 
neither here in the Debian Multimedia team nor in another team formed 
for the maintainance of dbus-c++.

As you may have noticed from earlier conversations here on the list, I 
do have some strong principles in the way I handle packages: I use CDBS, 
not short-form dh.  You need not be fluent in CDBS due to this - I am ok 
with either guiding you or taking care of the parts directly tied to 
juggling CDBS, but if you for some reason have _opposite_ principles 
then obviously you are better off teaming up with someone else :-)

  - Jonas

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