Source package Maintainer fields

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Thu Jan 18 18:44:00 GMT 2007

On Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 04:28:48PM +0100, Martin Pitt wrote:
> Hi Matt,
> Matt Zimmerman [2007-01-16 12:38 -0800]:
> > No, it doesn't exist already, and that was intended as a one-time process
> > for packages which have already been modified.  That is, it should be
> > straightforward to do an automated upload of all modified source packages to
> > change the maintainer to an Ubuntu address.
> Uh, that's going to be a pain for the mirrors, but if we need it, then
> *shrug*.

We should only do this after a period of normal development during which
packages which are touched anyway have their maintainer field updated.

It's unfortunate that this update requires rebuilding, but it can easily be
spread out over a period of several days (or even weeks) if mirror
propagation is a problem.

> > In order to ensure that this field is updated when new packages are
> > modified, this should be added at least to dpkg-buildpackage (as a check, to
> > warn or even fail the build if it isn't set corectly) and possibly to dch as
> > you suggest.
> > 
> > Can you take responsibility for these tasks?
> Sure. Matthias, you apparently have a script to do such mass uploads,
> is it easy enough for me to understand and adapt to this (I need to
> run it on ronne or so, it'd kill my quota to do it at home)? Otherwise
> I just hack something on my own.


 - mdz

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