On Mon, Feb 08, 2016 at 01:31:12PM -0000, Raphael Groner wrote:
You should not orphan packages in rawhide, not cause of "not
used any more". Check upstream for activity and users. What about future security
patches? To retire shorewall is obviously a bad idea.
That's quite the opposite, you can orphan a package on any branch, because the
git repo remains open, people can still step in and fix eventual issues, it's
just that there is no-one actively maintaining the package.
Retiring can only be done in rawhide, branch (pre-alpha) and EPEL branches.
So if you want to stop maintaining a packager, orphaning it is definitely the
thing to do. Once it has been orphaned for a little while, it will be retired
from rawhide (iirc, at the time we branch) and slowly it will be retired on all
activate branches of Fedora.
We're all volunteers, time comes and goes. It is totally fine to say: I can no
longer make the time to maintain foo/bar, do X, Y, and orphaning packages is