Transition to Ubuntu specific Maintainer: fields

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at
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 [1] for details.

With the recent dpkg upload [2], 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>

for packages in main and restricted, and

  Ubuntu MOTU Developers <ubuntu-motu at>

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 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 [3].

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 [4].

Thank you for your attention,

Martin Pitt
on behalf of the Ubuntu distro team


Martin Pitt
Ubuntu Developer
Debian Developer
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