On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 06:09:32PM +0100, Simon McVittie wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Apr 2018 at 15:03:11 +0200, Gert Wollny wrote:
> > Hi Adrian, 
> (Adrian won't have seen this unless he's subscribed to the bug or
> package, because bug submitters don't normally get copies of bug mail
> in the Debian BTS; adding him to Cc.)


> > as the maintainer of amide[1], a package that depends on libgnomecanvas
> > I was also already thinking about adopting this package and libart-
> > lgpl. In other words I'd happily join to co-maintain these two
> > packages. 

I am not a huge fan of co-maintaining low-effort packages,[1]
either you or me maintaining a package would be fine for me.

> Do you (either or both of you) also intend to adopt the language bindings
> src:libgnomecanvasmm2.6 (in theory currently maintained by Deng Xiyue,
> most recent maintainer upload 2009)?

Good point, I haven't yet looked at these.

> Everything I said below "My concern about keeping packages like gconf"
> in https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=895246#10 applies
> equally here. If, having considered that, you still want to adopt these
> libraries, I don't think anyone will stop you.


> Both libgnomecanvas and libgnomecanvasmm are listed as "archived"
> in GNOME git, so they have no upstream maintainer. If you adopt them,
> you will be the closest thing there is to their upstream maintainer;
> it might be a good idea to start a new upstream project (forked from
> the archived GNOME source code) that other distributions can share,
> particularly if you plan to modify things that are annoying to do via
> a patch series, like the build system.

I do not see any reason for changing something like the build system.

Looking at the currently applied patches and the BTS, libgnomecanvas
in buster might apply up to 5 one-line patches to the upstream sources.

> Because these packages mention "gnome" in their names, it would be great
> if you could reduce confusion by modifying their Description to clarify
> that they are no longer considered to be part of (current) GNOME.

Makes sense (similar to e.g. #887783).

>     smcv


[1] it often just makes it harder to discover that all people are MIA


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