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James McCoy: devscripts needs YOU!

Over the past 10 years, I’ve been a member of a dwindling team of people maintaining
the devscripts package in Debian.

Nearly two years ago, I sent out a “Request For Help” since it was clear I
didn’t have adequate time to keep driving the maintenance.

In the mean time, Jonas split licensecheck out into its own project and took
over development. Osamu has taken on much of the maintenance for uscan,
uupdate, and mk-origtargz.

Although that has helped spread the maintenance costs, there’s still a lot that I
haven’t had time to address.

Since Debian is still fairly early in the development cycle for Buster, I’ve decided
this is as good a time as any for me to officially step down from active involvement
in devscripts. I’m willing to keep moderating the mailing list and other related
administrivia (which is fairly minimal given the repo is part of collab-maint), but
I’ll be unsubscribing from all other notifications.

I think devscripts serves as a good funnel for useful scripts to get in front of
Debian (and its derivatives) developers, but Jonas may also be onto something by
pulling scripts out to stand on their own. One of the troubles with “bucket”
packages like devscripts is the lack of visibility into when to retire scripts.
Breaking scripts out on their own, and possibly creating multiple binary packages,
certainly helps with that. Maybe uscan and friends would be a good next candidate.

At the end of the day, I’ve certainly enjoyed being able to play my role in helping
simplify the life of all the people contributing to Debian. I may come back to it
some day, but for now it’s time to let someone else pick up the reins.

Source: Debian Planet

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