Re: Requesting new udebs (was: Bug#430023: please add gnu-fdisk-udeb and gnu-cfdisk-udeb)
On Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 02:23:55AM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Friday 13 July 2007 01:48, Frans Pop wrote:
> > I was quite surprised to see the two new udebs from your source package
> > gnu-fdisk appear. Mainly because there has not been any discussion by
> > Robert about adding them with the rest of the D-I team and the D-I
> > release managers in particular.
> Let me make this clear once and for all: there should be NO requests filed
> for adding new udebs to existing Debian packages without discussing it
> first on the debian-boot mailing list (which also means that only asking
> on IRC is not enough).
> This also goes for udebs that are not intended to be used in Debian
> Installer itself, but are e.g. for debian-edu or live CD or similar.
> The only exception is if a D-I porter needs an *architecture specific*
> udeb, but even then at least announcing it on the list is very much
> The main reasons for this are:
> - the size of installation images should not be increased without
> - every new udeb may need to be excluded in debian-cd
> - migration for all udebs needs to be consciously managed (which mostly
> falls to the D-I release manager)
> - because of the previous point, having a udeb is not always enjoyable
> for maintainers of regular packages because their packages may get
> blocked from transitioning to testing; we should therefore not have
> unused or trivial udebs
> Remember, and this was recently affirmed by the Technical Committee, that
> the debian-installer section of the repository is "owned" by the D-I
> Adding new udebs is a fairly major change. It seems only reasonable that
> people inform/consult their colleagues in the team before requesting
> We are of course work willing to work with anybody who wants to extend the
> installer (and history shows that we do), but only if it is done in the
> proper spirit of collaboration, and springing new udebs on the team is
> _not_ a good example of proper collaboration.
Ok, but please let's not make a big fuss of this. The udebs were just added
to the archive, not to D-I. And I requested it out of ignorance, not malice
(and Julien accepted my request in the same situation).
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