bzr rewrite maintainership?

Jelmer Vernooij jelmer at
Mon Oct 20 18:29:43 UTC 2014

On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 01:56:11AM -0400, Joshua Judson Rosen wrote:
> Jelmer Vernooij <jelmer at> writes:
> >
> > It is up for the taking. In general, hacking on bzr-rewrite should not
> > require any special access. I am happy to do a few code reviews.
> OK.
> The thing that I was most interested in addressing was the "fails to
> build from source" issue reported against the Debian package:
>     "RM: bzr-rewrite -- ROM; FTBFS, no upstream maintainer"
> Because I realy on bzr-rewrite on Debian (relying on it quite heavily),
> and a number of colleagues who also use it similarly on either Debian or
> on Ubuntu LTS releases. One of them told me that bzr-rewrite had
> disappeared in the latest Ubuntu LTS, and I traced that out to (I
> believe) that report.
> Unfortunately, I wasn't paying attention to the Debian package status
> last May..., and IANADD so I couldn't offer to inherit the package
> in any case. But at least I can help fix bugs that are making it
> unusable on Debian/Ubuntu systems.
> But I've upgraded a machine to Debian jessie and unpacked the last
> version of the source-package prior to the removal, hoping to see what
> the failure was, and it actually built just fine.
> There weren't any details RE: FTBFS provided in the bug-report; if you
> remember: Do I need to upgrade to Debian sid to see the FTBFS issue? Or
> is the issue only in a later upstream version? Some combination of those
> things? Something else?
> (maybe I should work on fixing my "IANADD" bug...)
Thanks for your interest in working on bzr-rewrite.

Note that since bzr-rewrite has already been removed from Debian unstable,
taking over maintenance of the Debian package isn't really possible -
it would have to be uploaded again as if it was a new package. Anybody
can do this - just follow the usual procedure for uploading new packages
(filing an ITP, etc).

(The procedure of "adopting" a package only applies while the package
is still in the archive and has been put up for adoption or orphaned by
the original maintainer)

I don't remember how it FTBFS - it seems to build fine here now as well.  


> > On 16 October 2014 05:22:10 GMT-07:00, Joshua Judson Rosen
> > <rozzin at> wrote:
> >
> >     I hear the bzr "rewrite" plugin (which provides the "rebase" and
> >     "replay" commands) is in need of a maintainer.
> >     
> >     How does one go about applying for that role?
> >
> -- 
> "'tis an ill wind that blows no minds."

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