Maintainer/XSBC-Original-Maintainer in Ubuntu packages

Stephan Hermann sh at
Fri Jun 12 14:17:03 BST 2009


On Fri, 12 Jun 2009 13:57:49 +0200
Morten Kjeldgaard <mok at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I would like us to discuss the merit of the XSBC-Orignal-Maintainer:
> policy for "-0ubuntu*" packages in Ubuntu Universe.
> These are packages that have been introduced into Ubuntu somehow,
> either through REVU or an upstream-upgrade via a MOTU. This post
> concerns that type of packages, NOT merged or sync'ed packages.
> I think the XSBC-Original-Maintainer field doesn't work as intended,
> and that the field Maintainer field is redundant.
> Currently, we put the email address of this mailing list in the
> maintainer field. That is redundant, because the Maintainer: field of
> all packages in universe then is identical. It contributes no
> information other than what is already known by the package being in
> Universe. From the release string, it is quite easy to determine that
> this is an Ubuntu-only package, and it's already known that it's from
> Universe.

My packages have Maintainer: MOTU and XSBC-Orig-Maintainer:
<insert my realname + email addr>. as an example.

I do take care of them (depending on Time and Priority of usage of the

It follows the latest ubuntu policy.

Furthermore, if someone wants to push them to debian, I'm happy to sync
those packages back from debian, if they will stay with the same

Even if a maintainer of package only in ubuntu is MIA, MOTU can deal
with those packages (update, remove, whatever), that's the intention
why we let those packages through revu/direct uploads into ubuntu.

The last resort is always a removal of this package in question, if
it's not already in debian...

I don't see why we should change this?



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