G. Pape
Debian packages

Pape - Debian Packages - sid/lenny

The reasons why the unofficial Debian packages were not included into the official Debian archive do no longer apply since D. J. Bernstein put the software packages into the public domain.

There's been progress in officially including the packages into the Debian archive since. As of Sun, 29 Jun 2008, the following packages are officially available for Debian/sid and Debian/lenny:

The var-qmail packages did not yet make it into the official Debian archive.

There's been a netqmail-1.06 package (binary packages qmail, qmail-uids-gids), a qmail-run package, and a qmail-tools package, which should be extended to enable upgrades from previous versions of qmail binary packages, uploaded to Debian on Mon, Apr 28, 2008.

New packages usually are included into the official Debian archive after review by the ftpmasters within one or two weeks, the reasons why this does not happen with the qmail packages I don't know. Asking unfortunately doesn't help, there's no reply.

Mon, 28 Apr 2008: uploaded packages to ftp-master.

Tue, 03 Jun 2008: no response, asking for progress.

Tue, 17 Jun 2008: no response, asking again.

Sun, 06 Jul 2008: received this REJECT email.

Mon, 01 Sep 2008: uploaded updated packages to the NEW queue, and sent a reply.

Tue, 11 Nov 2008: no response, asking for progress.

Thu, 20 Nov 2008: no response.

Thu, 01 Jan 2009: ftpmasters contacted the Debian Technical Committee, which triggered some discussion.

Tue, 03 Feb 2009: after returning from vacation, I added this message to the discussion.

Sun, 01 Mar 2009: asking for progress.

Tue, 26 May 2009: still no progress ?

Thu, 27 Aug 2009: the Debian Technical Committee resolved to allow Qmail into Debian after fixing delayed-bounce issue with RC bug to block transition for one month.

Fri, 19 Mar 2010: to fix the delayed-bounce issue, I adapted the packages to use the qmail-verify patch, and uploaded new prospective packages.

Mon, 24 May 2010: asking for progress.

Sun, 06 Jun 2010: no response, asking again.

Tue, 21 Sep 2010: no reaction or response to mails from ftpmasters within six months. Obviously the packages are deliberately ignored.

Precompiled binary Debian packages for i386 and powerpc, and the uploaded source packages, as well as packages for ezmlm-idx and tinydyndns, are available here. Download the packages, or add
 deb http://dbn.smarden.org/ sid/
 deb-src http://dbn.smarden.org/ sid/
to /etc/apt/sources.list, and run
 # apt-get update
Then install the packages as usual with apt-get, dpkg or dselect.
If you use the packages regularly, please contribute to the project.

There is a mailing list you should join when installing these packages. To subscribe send an empty email to <debian-packages-subscribe@list.smarden.org>. The mailing list will most probably be closed, once the packages are available officially through the Debian archive.

Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>