Debian Bug report logs - #719792
RFA: reconf-inetd -- maintainer script for programmatic updates of inetd.conf

Package: wnpp; Maintainer for wnpp is wnpp@debian.org;

Reported by: Serafeim Zanikolas <sez@debian.org>

Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:21:01 UTC

Severity: normal

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From: Serafeim Zanikolas <sez@debian.org>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: RFA: reconf-inetd & DEP9 -- maintainer script for programmatic updates of inetd.conf
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:19:08 +0100
Package: wnpp
Severity: normal

I request an adopter for the reconf-inetd package.

The package description is:
 reconf-inetd is a dpkg-trigger script that updates the configuration of the
 internet superserver. It is a replacement for update-inetd, as per DEP9.
 .
 If the above does not mean anything to you, then you most certainly do not
 need this package.


I do not have the time to be the sole driver of DEP9, and its implementation,
reconf-inetd. reconf-inetd is pretty much complete, it works, and it comes
with dozens of system tests. Remaining work includes:

- port to python 3
- use of a Debian python helper to manage byte-compilation
- file bug reports to the reverse dependencies of update-inetd to migrate to
  reconf-inetd, as described in DEP9 (which also describes how to prepare
  patches)

The last item is a lot of work, and will require interacting with lots of
other maintainers via the BTS. The adopter must know python (reconf-inetd is a
native package), have packaging experience, and lots of motivation.

I'm not sure anymore whether DEP9 (ie. replacing update-inetd with
reconf-inetd) is worthwhile, because inetd (which is what update/reconf-inetd
configure) will eventually be deprecated by systemd and upstart. Having said
that, inetd is unlikely to vanish anytime now, and in the meantime
update-inetd is buggy and has 120k installations.

I'll be around to sponsor (if necessary) & answer questions, but will
otherwise not be actively involved.

Links:

- functional description of reconf-inetd & plan of migration away from
  update-inetd: http://dep.debian.net/deps/dep9/

- pts & git:
http://packages.qa.debian.org/r/reconf-inetd.html
http://git.debian.org/?p=collab-maint/reconf-inetd.git;a=summary

- vaguely related talk at fosdem (includes a description of the reconf-inetd
  system tests)
  http://video.fosdem.org/2012/crossdistro/How_to_replace_a_legacy_tool_with_100k_installations.webm



Changed Bug title to 'RFA: reconf-inetd -- maintainer script for programmatic updates of inetd.conf' from 'RFA: reconf-inetd & DEP9 -- maintainer script for programmatic updates of inetd.conf' Request was from Ivo De Decker <ivo.dedecker@ugent.be> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:00:07 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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