[DRE-maint] Moving away from uploaders.mk

Paul van Tilburg paulvt at debian.org
Sat Feb 17 11:01:18 CET 2007

Hello all,

On Fri, Feb 02, 2007 at 10:18:54PM +0100, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> 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
>     package
> I think that a good test for the inclusion in Uploaders could be:
>  Already appears in debian/changelog
>         AND
>  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.

If we inventarise this beforehand this could be easily scripted.
Most of this is known already (that is, I have a feeling for each
package who probably is interested ;)).

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

This is fine with me. However, since (except for three packages) most
packages will get or already have new upstream release I don't think
that force uploads are necessary.

> 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.

Are you suggesting to put them all in experimental? AFAIK the request to
not upload to Sid is still in place. Also I think that we do not
have to hurry with this, though it should be finished for Lenny.

Kind regards,


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