[DRE-maint] Moving away from uploaders.mk

Lucas Nussbaum lucas at lucas-nussbaum.net
Fri Feb 2 22:18:54 CET 2007


I think that we should move away from the Uploaders rule. As discussed
in this thread in debian-devel[0], it is clearly not the best
organization. This scheme matches our organization the best:

 Maintainer: the main person responsible for the package
 Uploaders: team address + other members willing to help with this

I think that a good test for the inclusion in Uploaders could be:
 Already appears in debian/changelog
 willing to participate in the maintenance

This would also allow to see which packages are de-facto unmaintained.

We don't really need to remove the uploaders.mk file: actually, it's still
necessary to build old packages with a newer ruby-pkg-tools.

I propose the following procedure to change this:

1/ Every package is modified in svn, to:
   * no longer include uploaders.mk
   * no longer use control.in
   * modify Uploaders to only include the team address

2/ Before a deadline (2 weeks ?) every member of the team add himself to
the Uploaders field of every package he cares about.

3/ All packages are uploaded again, if another version is not going to
be uploaded very soon.

4/ Eventually, we will remove uploaders.mk.

I don't think that we need to wait for etch to release for this: even if
one of our packages requires an update after that, this is very unlikely
to cause problems.

[0] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2007/01/msg00275.html
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