Getting started in Extras

Michael Schwendt bugs.michael at
Mon Mar 7 17:00:08 UTC 2005

On Mon, 07 Mar 2005 07:35:19 -0800, Jeff Sheltren wrote:

> Hi Michael, specifically, I was confused about the general process of doing
> things here.  For example, does a package maintainer need CVS access, or do
> you start by having others commit changes for you?  Now I see that all
> maintainers need CVS access, but that wasn't clear before.

It is natural to assume that you do want CVS access.

It is not clear, however, how long it takes for a complete new and unknown
contributor to find a sponsor, while official Fedora Extras is still very

Hence the best you can do is to be active and propose updates, get
somebody to check in changes [*], and if all goes well it should increase
the likelihood of finding a sponsor.

[*] Since I keep an eye on the matter of unmaintained packages, I would be
able to help with that.

> Since I use cfengine extensively, I would be interested in maintaining it
> (although I see that David Dorgan has just submitted a package for it).  I'd
> also be willing to maintain ncftp if Matthias doesn't mind.

I hope that redundancy increases in the future and more packages are taken
care of by mulitple maintainers. There might still be a "primary package
owner", but it would only be beneficial if you and David agreed on keeping
cfengine in good shape.

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