Why was at removed from Ubuntu main?

Asked by Roland on 2021-06-09

This is perhaps a broader "Why is anything removed from main?" question, to which I've never been able to find an answer, but removing something as basic as at is surprising.

- Was the rationale for this removal documented somewhere? If no, what was the basis for this particular removal?
- Is there a general guide to package removal rationale?

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said :

General information about the four main repositories: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories/Ubuntu

My guess is that Canonical has stopped providing support for "at", and this software is now community-maintained.

See https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/at/+publishinghistory for the history of the package. If you look at the details of the first version in universe, you see when and by whom that change has been made, but there is no further information provided.

The change log https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/at/+changelog does not tell any details either.

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Roland (rolandturner) said :

Appreciate the pointers but "Canonical stopped providing support" and "removed from Ubuntu main" are synonyms. I'm wondering why Canonical stopped providing support. Is the reasoning for removals not generally documented somewhere?

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