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dog(1), an enhanced replacement for cat(1)

dog(1), an enhanced replacement for cat(1)

Posted Dec 26, 2010 7:07 UTC (Sun) by fjorba (guest, #6175)
Parent article: In Memoriam: the free software projects we lost in 2010

Another kind of death is when a large distribution (Debian) does not package anymore a piece like dog(1), that has long disappeared from upstream:

http://packages.debian.org/dog

I still like use it, and I don't know an alternative, unless it is merged with GNU cat(1).


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dog(1), an enhanced replacement for cat(1)

Posted Dec 26, 2010 10:08 UTC (Sun) by jrn (subscriber, #64214) [Link]

See the removal request for details. For what it's worth, the package was orphaned for a year and I assume it would be quite acceptable for some interested person to revive it for wheezy.

dog(1), an enhanced replacement for cat(1)

Posted Dec 26, 2010 12:28 UTC (Sun) by fjorba (guest, #6175) [Link]

There are at least some other users of dog(1), as seen here: http://lwn.net/Articles/394548/. And yes, some tome ago I noticed the removal request and the orphaing note. As a non Debian devoper, but long time Debian user, could you plese explain the procedure to ask somebody to revive it?

reviving removed packages

Posted Dec 29, 2010 9:46 UTC (Wed) by jrn (subscriber, #64214) [Link]

I was hoping someone else would respond. :)

Requests to revive a package work just like any other request for a new package: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/#l1. Like this:

To: submit@bugs.debian.org
Subject: RFP: dog -- Enhanced replacement for cat

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist

The cat enhancement dog(1) is quite useful and not a big maintenance burden, so I would be happy to see it back in Debian. Version XXXXX from snapshot.debian.org works well for me.

That it is not a big maintenance burden would be especially believable if you promise to look out for bugs and fix them. If you have time for it, http://www.debian.org/doc/maint-guide/ and especially http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMentorsFaq have hints.


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