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Re: "Automatic" backports

On 29/09/11 at 09:45 +0200, Mike Hommey wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm one of those people believing that packages that do grant a backport
> shouldn't require modification to do so. As such, all the packages I
> backport have no modifications in their source compared to the version
> in testing/unstable, besides the obvious debian/changelog change.
> This means such packages could just automatically flow into backports. I
> must say it would make my life easier if it were the case ; I happen
> to regularly forget to push security updates to lenny-backports.
> What do the backports people think about that?

I like the idea a lot. There are many packages that would just work when
automatically backported, but we don't have the manpower to backport
them all.

Maybe this could be started as an unofficial service (on debian.net)?

it would also be nice to have a way to apply a patch to the package
before backporting, so that all the required changes could be
centralized in a git repo somewhere.


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