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Re: Bits from the Release Team (Jessie freeze info)

Am 29.10.2013 17:48, schrieb Ian Jackson:
> (Mind you, I have my doubts about a process which counts people
> promising to do work - it sets up some rather unfortunate incentives.
> I guess it's easier to judge and more prospective than a process which
> attempts to gauge whether the work has been done "well enough".)
>>   As an example I remember having received several complains from
>> e.g.  the GCC maintainers in regards to the state of gcc on various
>> ports[1].  Here I would suspect a patch would be sufficient without
>> needing to actually NMU gcc to get the fix in.  There are also stuff
>> like the port concerns from DSA that attention.
> Right.

that's not enough.  GCC has some primary and some secondary release
architectures.  Toolchain support for primary architectures in Debian should be
waived,  for the secondary and other architectures, Debian needs somebody who is
maintaining the relationship between Debian and upstream.  Surprisingly this is
the case for many non-release Debian architectures like kfreebsd, the Hurd,
alpha, hppa, m68k, but not for Debian release architectures like s390, sparc,
ia64 and mips*.  So we really need somebody to care about this, where the port
is considered a secondary citizen or no citizen, or we should demote a port to
the ports archive.


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