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Re: [bug-gsrc] paxutils tar out of date

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [bug-gsrc] paxutils tar out of date
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:31:18 GMT

    Maybe it would be a good idea to bring this issue to g-p-d?

No, that would be a terrible idea, unless your goal is to generate 100
useless pieces of off-topic email :).

The right person to talk to about a stale package would be its
maintainer(s), in this case Sergey Poznyakoff and Paul Eggert.  If they
don't answer (in this case I'm sure they would), then there is
address@hidden (aka me).  And the ultimate answer is, you can
always volunteer to work on the package yourself :).  

I've talked to both of them recently about paxutils (among other
things), and below is what Sergey had to say.

More generally, there are many GNU packages in various stages of
staleness.  I've talked to all the maintainers.  Sometimes things
eventually get updated, other times, not.  Sometimes eventually the
maintainer resigns or disappears (so we look for a new one), or the
package get decomissioned, or some other outcome is reached.  Sometimes
not.  That's life.  It's not realistic to expect every package to be up
to date, although that is surely the theoretical goal that rms/karl/all
are always working toward.

As long as I'm writing about such things: if anyone here has time and
interest in working on grep or sed, they are by far the highest profile
packages that need maintainers now.


Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2012 11:23:45 +0200
From: Sergey Poznyakoff <address@hidden>
To: "Karl Berry" <address@hidden>
Cc: <address@hidden>

[...]  so far Paxutils acts as a repository of code shared between tar
and cpio.  But that is temporary.  It will become a full-fledged project


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