Demoting Xubuntu packages to universe

Sarah Hobbs hobbsee at
Sun Dec 2 01:25:40 UTC 2007

Lionel Le Folgoc (mr_pouit) wrote:
> And currently, having more sponsors seems more like a big issue to me.
> Example:
> Xfce4-notes-plugin version 1.6.0 has been released some time ago. A
> MOTU-hopeful who wants to increase the length of his lp/+packages page
> decides to package it, and asks for a sponsor.
> <insert here a random MOTU> reviews the packaging, it's good, and
> uploads it. And then, people upgrading from the 1.4.1 version lose their
> old notes and old configuration. And someone really involved in xubuntu
> will have fun to upload a new 1.6.0really1.4.1 tarball until a fix is
> found (or develop it).
> And this simply because there is a "greater number of sponsors", which
> aren't interested in xfce at all, don't read the xfce-dev mailing lists...

In that case, if (when) it gets dropped to universe, you might consider 
putting the maintainer as "Xubuntu Developers 
<xubuntu-devel at>, and not the standard MOTU field, if 
you do not want others touching your packages.  This has already been 
done for a few packages, which are not group maintained. (xine comes to 
mind, where siretart maintains it in both debian and ubuntu)

I presume that this would have been caught only when people did upgrade, 
as the hopeful in question was not likely to be running xfce.  Then 
again, this is one of the risks of running the development version - 
that you do lose configs like this.  Still, it's not good.


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