Removal of packages Beast and Rapicorn in 2014

Tim Janik timj at
Sun Oct 18 20:43:59 UTC 2015

Hello all,

show that Beast and Rapicorn have been removed from Debian last year.

Reading up on the bug reports, it seems that:
a) It was assumed the packages are unmaintained upstream;
b) a guile-1.8 dependency of Beast was becoming a problem for Debain.

(a) is not true, Beast *and* Rapicorn have seen releases and active development in git last year:

(b) was unknown to upstream, it would have been great if upstream was notified in any way to accommodate.

We're now in the process of rolling our own deb packages and apt repository, but ideally that effort would channel back
into Debian. Is there a way to find a sponsor for uploads of third-party packages who can provide packaging feedback,
or simply a Debian maintainer that bothers enough to actually notify upstream about packaging issues?

Yours sincerely,
Tim Janik
Free software author and speaker.

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