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Sean Whitton

Account namespwhitton
OpenPGP fingerprint8DC2 487E 51AB DD90 B5C4 753F 0F56 D055 3B6D 411B
StatusDebian Developer, uploading since 2016-12-21

Short Biography

My name is Sean and I'm from the UK, though at present I'm a graduate student in the US.

Aside from the usual QA work, most of my Debian time has been working with David Bremner on the pkg-emacsen team toolchain, and working with Gianfranco Costamagna on keeping the RFS queue under control, by providing reviews. The upstream test suites for a lot of Emacs addons will soon start running on ci.debian.net, and lots of the steps in packaging Emacs addons have been automated. Secondarily, I've done maintenance work in the pkg-haskell and pkg-mozext teams.

In the future, I'm interested in smoothing the processes involved in maintaining Debian packages, to save valuable volunteer time that can then be spent on fixing bugs. In particular, handling source packages is still too fiddly, especially as part of the sponsorship process. To this end I've been contributing patches and bug reports to dgit. I also maintain a module in the Propellor configuration management system that automatically sets up sbuild, piuparts and autopkgtest on a developer's machine.

Personal history

Started Last Target Applicant UID Status AM
2016-09-08 2016-12-21 DD, upl. Sean Whitton spwhitton Approved gwolf
Applicant From To Applying for Progress AM Advocate(s)