Removal of packages Beast and Rapicorn in 2014

James Cowgill james410 at
Sun Oct 18 21:20:23 UTC 2015


On Sun, 2015-10-18 at 22:43 +0200, Tim Janik wrote:
> 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.

Here are the legitimate removal reasons I could find:

In the case of beast, it looks like the Debian package was simply not
maintained, and after an RC bug was opened for a few months the package
was removed to complete a transition. Nothing was said about whether
upstream was active.

For rapicon, there was a lull in development (as you can see on the
github contributors page) early 2014, just before the package was
From this page it was failing to build on all arches:
Also libraries providing no executables and with no reverse-deps are
often "easy" to remove without interfering users too much.

In any case, the reasons don't really matter much now that the packages
have been removed.

> 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?

If you are willing to maintain the package yourself in Debian, then
please read this:

If you're looking for sponsors, try posting in any relevant packaging
lists (possibly including this one) and/or file a sponsorship-requests

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