Subject: Re: improvements to unmaintained software
To: None <>
From: D'Arcy" "J.M. <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/30/1999 15:36:08
Thus spake
> do we have any prefered method to make improvements to packages whose
> sources are unmaintained?  The package in question is cad/spice.  The
> authors (Berkeley) no longer develop the program.  However, there are
> improvements to the program available from  various sources.  For example,
> there is a patch to include GNU readline support (which is a really nice
> improvement).
> I sort of hate to take a 3rd party program and then start adding patch
> after patch to evolve the program, but at the same time I hate to miss out
> on the improvements which are available.  Too bad someone hasn't made a
> NetSpice or something to organize further spice development!

Why not take it over yourself?  Set up a mailing list and collect fixes
and make distributions available from time to time.  Then you can create a
package for "NetSpice" and put it into the tree.

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