Source package Maintainer fields

Jordan Mantha mantha at
Fri Jan 12 02:50:05 GMT 2007

Hi all!

As most of you probably know, for some time the Maintainer field in
.debs have been "adjusted" before they go to the mirrors to reflect
Debian's wishes [0] that we change the field when we modify the
packages. Matt Zimmerman asked me to write an email to let everybody
know that we should also be changing the Maintainer field in the
*source* packages as well, as we are merging or modifying them. Full
details are in the spec [1], but basically:

For packages with an ubuntuX version:

* If the Maintainer field has an address, leave it alone

* If not, change Maintainer: to:
 - Ubuntu Core Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss at> for Main and Restricted
packages (I think this is right according to [2] )
 - Ubuntu MOTU Developers <ubuntu-motu at> for Universe and Multiverse packages
 - if there is a more appropriate Ubuntu contact use it instead of the above

Important: If you change the Maintainer field keep the original data by
putting it in a Original-Maintainer: field

Any questions should be directed to ubuntu-devel or ubuntu-devel-discuss
and I hope I got all the info right  :-) 


-Jordan Mantha


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