Adding new maintainers¶
Developers must not add other developers as package maintainers, unless the developers in question consent to that. Developers must not add projects that they are not members of as package maintainers, unless one of the project members explicitly agrees to that or the project policy explicitly permits it.
Rationale: this policy aims to prevent package maintainers being added as backup maintainers without their consent or knowledge. What’s worse, once the original maintainer resigns the packages frequently drop to backup maintainers who are neither interested in maintaining them, nor often aware why they are listed as maintainers.
For example, developers used to frequently add Python team as a backup maintainer to various packages not fitting the project’s profile. This includes various end-user programs written in Python. Many of those packages ended up being maintained solely by Python, and distinguishing them from packages actually within project’s profile was hard.
New packages without a maintainer¶
It is explicitly forbidden to add new packages without a dedicated maintainer. This does not apply if the package in question is not technically a new one but merely split out of unmaintained package.
Rationale: Gentoo is currently suffering from a very large number of packages without a maintainer. There is a small group of developers trying to fix them as necessary. It is unfair and inappropriate to increase their maintenance burden by adding new packages and refusing to take care of them.
Removing package maintainers¶
When removing maintainers from a package, the developer must reassign
all bugs filed for it. Furthermore, when removing the last maintainer
for a package, the developer must add the following comment
<!-- maintainer-needed -->
Furthermore, the developer must send an ‘up for grabs’ mail to gentoo-dev mailing list, containing the list of packages with no maintainer. If possible, please include any information that could be helpful to future maintainers.
Rationale: reassigning bugs is necessary to make sure that old bugs are not lost assigned to developers who are no longer interested in them. The maintainer-needed comment is meant to make it possible to easily grep for unmaintained packages. The ‘up for grabs’ mails aim to increase the chances of packages finding a new maintainers (compared to them silently becoming maintainer-needed).