return of the mpalyer package?!

Dafydd Harries daf at
Mon Jul 20 06:07:43 UTC 2015

"Miguel A. Colón Vélez" <debian.micove at> writes:

> On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 6:34 AM, Fabian Greffrath <fabian at> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> has anyone seen this yet?
>> Does anyone know what is going on, has anyone been informed, has anyone
>> been contacted by the package maintainer or sponsor (CC:ed)?
>> I mean, even if this package was removed from unstable and was not in
>> jessie, it is still a pkg-multimedia package, or not? So this tastes
>> like package hijack to me. Please clarify.
> Hello:
> I saw the ITP on 2014-12-01 and contacted the person on IRC the same
> day (~2 weeks after the ITP).
> micove> hello ... I'm from the debian multimedia team .... I was about
> to commit some changes to the git repo but I noticed that you had
> filed a ITP
> <micove> would you like to join the team?
> <frozencemetery> hi, nice to meet you.  Sure; I'd love to cooperate
> with you all!  This is my first debian package, so apologies if I'm a
> little slow on thing
> He joined the #debian-multimedia channel since that day. My
> understanding was that he was going to formally join the team and help
> maintain the package under the team umbrella. I had not heard from him
> since that day so I assumed he was no longer interested in packaging
> MPlayer.


I think it was a little rude to assume this. You could have asked him on
IRC or on the ITP bug, so as to avoid duplicate work. The delay in
uploading was actually largely my fault for being slow in sponsoring.

My understanding was that Robbie attempted to go through the procedure
to join the team but that there was some miscommunication so no progress

As a sponsor I've been extremely happy with Robbie's work on this
package, especially considering it's his first. He has been very
responsive to feedback about the packaging and has been proactive about
working with upstream to merge Debian patches. He's the sort of person I
would like to see become a developer and I hope we can make him feel
welcome in Debian.



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