The future of firestarter

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Wed May 27 14:29:23 UTC 2009

On 05/27/2009 07:51 PM, Adam Miller wrote:
> I recently picked up the firestarter package because it was orphaned
> and I know a few people who still use it. There were only a couple of
> small bugs opened against it so I figured I would hack at them as soon
> as I was able. But this morning there was a bug filed against it to
> port it to PolicyKit and I've run into two problems. 1) I know very
> little about PolicyKit other than a general overview of the purpose it
> serves and 2) I don't think it would really be worth doing all that
> work for a package that hasn't had any upstream activity in over 4
> years. So my question is this, should I orphan this package such that
> someone else who feels the efforts wouldn't be wasted may take the
> time to perform the work or should I just retire the package?

If upstream is dead and you are not going to do the work, just close the
bug as WONTFIX. Yes, I filed the RFE in the first place but I wasn't
aware that upstream is dead. So don't let that scare you from continuing
to be the maintainer of it. Of course, if anyone is willing to do the
work, that would be nice but probably not worth the effort if it is
going to be a big patch.


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