Transition to Ubuntu specific Maintainer: fields
martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Mon Feb 19 11:45:10 GMT 2007
Hello Ubuntu developers,
a fair while ago, the Debian project collectively decided that Ubuntu
source and binary packages should not carry Debian's maintainers in
their Maintainer: field any more. Instead, we shall preserve them in
the Original-Maintainer: field and put an Ubuntu specific contact into
Maintainer:. Please see the specification  for details.
With the recent dpkg upload , this now gets enforced. I. e.
dpkg-source (called from dpkg-buildpackage and debuild) refuses to
create a source package if the version number indicates Ubuntu
modifications, but the Maintainer address is not Ubuntuish. The new
default values for these fields are:
Ubuntu Core Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss at lists.ubuntu.com>
for packages in main and restricted, and
Ubuntu MOTU Developers <ubuntu-motu at lists.ubuntu.com>
for packages in universe and multiverse.
However, if a particular package deserves a more specific contact,
then it is encouraged to use a personal or team mailing list contact
(however, it must be an @ubuntu.com address).
In source package's debian/control fields, the original maintainer
must be preserved in the field
dpkg will then create an 'Original-Maintainer:' field in the .dsc
(flag 'S'), .deb (flag 'B') and .changes (flag 'C') files. If you are
interested in the details of this XSBC magic, please see .
In the next four weeks (until Feisty's beta freeze) I will coordinate
the necessary 129 source package rebuilds which are necessary for
getting all binary packages in Ubuntu main fixed for the new
maintainer fields. If you are maintaining a particular set of packages
that matter size-wise, and you are sure that you want to upload a new
version in the next month, please add them to .
Thank you for your attention,
on behalf of the Ubuntu distro team
Martin Pitt http://www.piware.de
Ubuntu Developer http://www.ubuntu.com
Debian Developer http://www.debian.org
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