RPM is not the only one
Posted Aug 23, 2006 7:59 UTC (Wed) by nowster
In reply to: RPM is not the only one
Parent article: Who maintains RPM?
rpm is not the only peice of software that is a major component of many linux distributions but has no agreed-upon upstream maintainer, and thus effectively one fork per distro. Another such peice of software is cron.
There are great problems with communicating with RedHat. Nowadays, there appears to be no named maintainer for many important packages, and using the bugzilla isn't always appropriate, especially with security-related problems.
As one distro's maintainer of several packages based on RedHat/Fedora upstream sources, this is incredibly frustrating. Finding new upstream versions is often a matter of stumbling across them by accident, rather than having a stable location to find them. I used to have read-only CVS pull access to one upstream source but that disappeared without notice one day, and I got bounces from the email address of the person I'd originally been in contact with about it.
Like joey, I get people sending me patches in frustration.
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