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Why is the bitcoin package currently not in Debian? And how to help get it back in there?

It'd make it a lot easier for more people to run a full node with this.

https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/bitcoin

bitcoin REMOVED from testing

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Why is there currently no bitcoin package in Debian?

Your link also says:

action needed

Problems while searching for a new upstream version                  high  
2 security issues in sid                                             high  
Depends on packages which need a new maintainer                      normal  
The package has not entered testing even though the delay is over    normal  
Build log checks report 1 warning                                    low  
Standards version of the package is outdated.                        wishlist  

testing migrations

excuses:

  • Migration status for bitcoin (- to 0.18.1~dfsg-1): BLOCKED: Rejected/violates migration policy/introduces a regression
  • Issues preventing migration:
  • Updating bitcoin introduces new bugs: #939608
  • Additional info:
  • Piuparts tested OK - https://piuparts.debian.org/sid/source/b/bitcoin.html
  • 241 days old (needed 5 days)
  • Not considered

If you drill into the details you find security bugs such as CVE-2019-15947

In Bitcoin Core 0.18.0, bitcoin-qt stores wallet.dat data unencrypted in memory. Upon a crash, it may dump a core file. If a user were to mishandle a core file, an attacker can reconstruct the user's wallet.dat file, including their private keys, via a grep "6231 0500" command.

I guess time needs to be spent resolving all the issues identified with the package.

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