removal of bitchx

Reinhard Tartler siretart at
Thu Nov 15 13:35:58 GMT 2007

Stephan Hermann <sh at> writes:

> Dear Colleagues,
> I need some advice:
> there are least 2 CVEs for bitchx (source ircii-pana) but upstream seems
> to be dead.
> I would like to request a removal of this package.
> Why?
> First, we have (as console replacement) irssi in our archives, which is
> quite active, secondly for the X fanatics we have several other irc
> clients in our archives.
> Third, dead upstream is not ok for a package in debian and ubuntu.
> Some random thoughts, or should I file a removal request via LP and DBTS?

AFAIUI, we have the policy not remove packages from universe just
because nobody cares for this. This topic and similar questions have
been raised before at least by Lucas and me, but the answer was that we
in general don't remove broken packages.

I'm not too happy with that course, but I don't have a really strong
opinion on this. If someone in the future wants to care for the package,
he can just start to work on it.

OTOH, we do remove packages from universe if they are removed from
debian. So the current process would be to get it removed from debian
first and then from ubuntu. And I'm sure we can do case-by-case
decisions as well. I'm just saying that we don't have a real process for

In any case, filing a LP Bug where the status of the case of bitchx can
be tracked is IMO a good idea!

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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