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has caused the Debian Bug report #890598,
regarding RM: dolibarr -- ROM; too much work to maintain it properly in Debian
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I'm the usual sponsor of dolibarr in Debian. The maintainer (and
upstream author) Eldy Destailleur announced me a few weeks ago that he
will no longer be maintaining Dolibarr within Debian because it was
too much of a pain to respect all the Debian requirements.

He explained to me that Dolibarr relies on 15 javascripts libraries (some of 
are dependencies of the libraries that Dolibarr are using in the first
place) and 5 PHP libraries.

Debian's requirement to provide a non-minified copy of the javascript is
really hard to meet for him because often the projects are only providing
the sources under the form a github link (and not under the form of
a non-minified javascript that we could put next to the minified file to
please lintian). He would have to spend a lot of times with the different
upstreams to get them to provide the non-minified file in a form that is
suitable for Debian. It's even likely that his requests would be dismissed
by multiple upstream authors leaving him in the inconvenient position of
having to remove features to be able to ship a policy-compliant Debian

The requirement to use packaged versions of all the libraries is also
problematic. More often that not the version used by Dolibarr will not
match the version currently available in Debian and it's always a risk
to use a different version. Sometimes it will work just fine, sometimes it
will break.

Given all those constraints, he decided to stop trying to maintain
Dolibarr in Debian and the Dolibarr project will only provide an
unofficial .deb embedding all the libraries that they need.

I doubt anyone else is willing to maintain Dolibarr in Debian and I'm
thus requesting the package to be removed. Users are better served
by the upstream unofficial package rather than by Debian's outdated
package (it's outdated due to the difficulty of updating it in a
policy-compliant way).

I would hope that we could find a way to get the best of both worlds
but right now it seems that we don't have a good solution for that kind
of web application.

Thank you.

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We believe that the bug you reported is now fixed; the following
package(s) have been removed from unstable:

  dolibarr | 5.0.4+dfsg3-1 | source, all

------------------- Reason -------------------
ROM; too much work to maintain it properly in Debian

Note that the package(s) have simply been removed from the tag
database and may (or may not) still be in the pool; this is not a bug.
The package(s) will be physically removed automatically when no suite
references them (and in the case of source, when no binary references
it).  Please also remember that the changes have been done on the
master archive and will not propagate to any mirrors until the next
dinstall run at the earliest.

Packages are usually not removed from testing by hand. Testing tracks
unstable and will automatically remove packages which were removed
from unstable when removing them from testing causes no dependency
problems. The release team can force a removal from testing if it is
really needed, please contact them if this should be the case.

We try to close bugs which have been reported against this package
automatically. But please check all old bugs, if they were closed
correctly or should have been re-assigned to another package.

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