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Re: Backport of wxMaxima fom testing to Jessie

Hi Gunter,

On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 3:41 AM, Gunter Königsmann <gunter@peterpall.de> wrote:
> Since I work on a Ubuntu, not a Debian box I am no expert on the inner
> workings of Debian. But I had loads of crashes with 13.04. If there is a way
> to get the new wxMaxima version into other than only the "testing" repo and
> I need to do something in order to trigger this I am happy to do it. Just
> tell me what I have to do.

If you want to fix this bug in jessie, you must follow the
instructions given in devref 5.5.1 [1]. This effectively means that
the release team will review your proposed debdiff before
accepting/rejecting your bugfix. Note that most uploads to stable are
supposed to be minimal, cherry-picked fixes, and backporting a new
upstream release (which your last reply seems to imply is the only way
forward?) as a way to fix a given bug is frowned upon. There are some
obvious exceptions. with iceweasel and mysql being the first few
packages to come to mind (impossible to cherrypick fixes for CVEs, and
no other way to reasonably maintain security support for these
packages without resorting to uploading new upstream releases), but
such exceptions are handled by a case-by-case basis. Either way,
please go contact the release team with a proposed debdiff in hand.

If the release team refuses to accept your proposed debdiff and you
(as the maintainer) consider the current wxmaxima package in jessie
too buggy to be usable, the remaining option is to ask for wxmaxima to
be removed from jessie (and then support jessie users via
jessie-backports instead).


[1] https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/pkgs.html#upload-stable

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