Hi Debianers

As already announced to all interested maintainers whose packages depends on Tcl/Tk
there is an ongoing efforts of drafting a policy for team maintainance of Tcl/Tk
main packages and their modules/extensions. This is now an announce to
the larger audience of maintainers in order to inform also people who
could be interested in packaging Tcl/Tk related packages in the next future.

Current draft is available at


as generated daily. It starts to be in good shape and near its final form.
Comments and improvements are welcome, of course. The new policy tries to
be as much as possible backward compatible, but there is an aspect which
will introduce a breakage with the past (the removing of /usr/lib among
$auto_path list), mainly introduced to solve current performance-impacting
situation and also to have Tcl/Tk stuff more FHS complaint.

Interested maintainers are already informed and we are intentioned to
perform a NMU cycle to solve issues with current packages whenever needed,
in order to have the new policy implemented as our main Lenny goal.

You can find more information about the policy ratios at


Thanks to Sergei Golovan, the new policy is yet largely implemented in
the subversion repository and an experimental upload will be done as
soon as possible to allow wide testing among Tclers before introducing
new core packages in sid.  

Happy hacking

Francesco Lovergine
(in behalf of the Tcl/Tk team)