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I use a software (Anki) which is in version 0.9.9.8.6-2.1 in the Debian repository and in version 1.2.11-1 in the Ubuntu repository. Quite a lot has changed meanwhile (changelog). The latest version is 2.0.8. Source code and a Debian package is already available (see downloads), but it is not in the repository.

Question 1: Where or who can I ask to update this package?

Question 2: When it gets updated in the Debian repository, will it automatically get updated in the Ubuntu repository?

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To know who is maintening the package, have a look... into the package :-)

In a terminal, type apt-cache show anki. You'll get a lot of information, but the relevant lines are:

Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers Original-Maintainer: Andreas Bombe

So, now you know the mainteners of the packages. To ask them to update their package, report a bug: in launchpad.net for Ubuntu, or http://www.debian.org/Bugs/ for debian.

So now, question #2: will update in Debian result in update in Ubuntu ? Well, it depends on when it happens. On each release cycle, Ubuntu is synced with Debian. This is done until a date known as https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebianImportFreeze. So if the update happens before this date, it will likely get into Ubuntu. Else, you'll have to wait for the next release cycle.

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I've just found this "bug" in Launchpad. I also found a needs packaging list on Launchpad. –  moose Mar 28 '13 at 9:16
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