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Bug 691560 - app-backup/rdiff-backup development continues with new maintainer
Summary: app-backup/rdiff-backup development continues with new maintainer
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Bernard Cafarelli
Depends on:
Reported: 2019-08-06 10:21 UTC by Tobias Leupold
Modified: 2019-11-29 17:48 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

See Also:
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Description Tobias Leupold 2019-08-06 10:21:30 UTC
Hi Gentoo devs!

I don't know if the current maintainer of the rdiff-backup ebuild knows about this, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to file a bug about this.

A new maintainer adopted the recently unmaintained rdiff-backup project. It's Otto Kekäläinen who's apparently a full-time Debian developer. Meanwhile, the code base has been moved to

So fortunately, the development of this nice project continues and will likely lead to a Python 3 ported release in the near future.

Cheers, Tobias
Comment 1 Jonas Stein gentoo-dev 2019-08-06 19:13:10 UTC
Is this a fork, or did the old maintainer mention a "transfer" (link?).
see also
Comment 2 Tobias Leupold 2019-08-06 19:17:40 UTC
Apparently, this isn't a fork but now the official rdiff-backup project. They want to merge all existing forks and efforts of Python 3 porting and maintaining.

The initial mail to the rdiff-backup mailing list can be found here:
Comment 3 Bernard Cafarelli gentoo-dev 2019-08-22 21:01:00 UTC
Thanks for the report (and posting upstream)! I check that mailing on unregular basis, so appreciate the bug - especially with good news for rdiff-backup future

So if I read all the posts correctly, is now indeed the upstream reference, with most recent active/official contributors onboard (and sol1/rdiff-backup redirects there now)

I updated metadata to reflect this, keeping the bug open until a new release is out (with python 3 support)
Comment 4 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2019-08-22 21:02:31 UTC
The bug has been referenced in the following commit(s):

commit 23345a82bf9b3dc6de297b06015f00b464335459
Author:     Bernard Cafarelli <>
AuthorDate: 2019-08-22 21:02:16 +0000
Commit:     Bernard Cafarelli <>
CommitDate: 2019-08-22 21:02:26 +0000

    app-backup/rdiff-backup: update github remote-id
    Package-Manager: Portage-2.3.72, Repoman-2.3.17
    Signed-off-by: Bernard Cafarelli <>

 app-backup/rdiff-backup/metadata.xml | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
Comment 5 Bernard Cafarelli gentoo-dev 2019-11-29 17:48:06 UTC
I added 1.4.0 beta (what will eventually become 2.0.0) to tree:

People wanting to try it can unmask it, note that mixing 1.3 and 1.4/2.0 clients and servers does not work (updating an existing backup does work)

So now tracking the proper upstream remote and with a version in tree, marking this fixed