[Dict-common-dev] Deadline for ispell dictionaries and wordlists transition to new policy

Agustín Martín Domingo agmartin@aq.upm.es
Tue, 01 Oct 2002 11:21:12 +0200

Hi all,

As promised, these are the dates for the ispell dictionaries
and wordlist packages (IDWP) transition to the new policy:

    1) On Friday October 11th, bugs with severity wishlist will be
       filed against IDWP. Bugs will not be filed against packages
       whose maintainer delegated on us to upload the package
       currently at sourceforge.

    2) On Monday October 14th, the real transition will start, and
       from that time on all IDWP can be uploaded to Debian,
       *closing* their associated bug. We will do the upload if you
       delegated on us.

    3) On Thursday or Friday of the same week, dictionaries-common
       packages are uploaded to Debian. They need some more days to
       make its place in the global override file.

    4) As soon as dictionaries-common packages are accepted bug
       severity is raised to serious for all IDWP still not uploaded.

    5) Time for NMU if required

You might have seen in the policy document that some aspell stuff
has been added to it. That refers mainly to documentation spread
across aspell and pspell manuals, that has now been put together in
the policy document. If your package also provides an aspell
dictionary, do not worry, this deadline does not affect the aspell
part, that can be worked later.

Some reminders from previous messages:

If you expect not being able to upload your package(s) short
after the deadline we could do that on your behalf. That would
help us to coordinate the transition. The same if you prefer the
package currently at sourceforge be uploaded by us with minor
changes, but remember that this requires your prior agreement
with the packages currently at sourceforge. In any case, if you
have trouble, please contact us through the dict-common-dev mailing
list, so we know you are not MIA.

If the package at sourceforge was not built by you, and you decide
to prepare the package from that one, please remember removing in
the control file the 'Bugs:' line and the notes about the
experimental character of the package and make sure that the
'Maintainer' field has the appropriate value.

In the meantime, please test the system as much as you can. There
are surely some hidden bugs, and we will find some more after the
transition starts, but the most we find before the better. Remember
that we have at the sourceforge staging area packages for nearly
all old style ispell dictionary and wordlist packages (there is
some very new one that might not be there).

As we previously told, please do not upload any old
style ispell dictionary or wordlist packages to Debian in the
meantime. That will confuse the transition. Also let us know
whether you will not be ready at the transition time, and in such
case, what can we do with respect to your packages. Note that
after the new ispell and dictionaries-common are uploaded to Debian
all previous ispell dictionaries and wordlists will become

If you are still not subscribed to the dict-common-dev mailing list at
sourceforge, that is the best way to get in touch with us and discuss
the final details of the transition.

Remember that the project page is at:


Your dictionaries-common team:

Rafael Laboissičre,
David Coe,
Agustín Martín Domingo

Agustin Martin Domingo, Dpto. de Fisica, ETS Arquitectura Madrid,
(U. Politecnica de Madrid)  tel: +34 91-336-6536, Fax: +34 91-336-6554,
email:agmartin@aq.upm.es, http://corbu.aq.upm.es/~agmartin/welcome.html