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Re: backports during the freeze

On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 07:57:29AM -0800, Afif Elghraoui wrote:
> على الخميس 23 شباط 2017 ‫07:41، كتب Athanasius:
> > On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 06:19:41AM -0800, Afif Elghraoui wrote:
> >> I was mostly hoping for some kind of arrangement as was proposed for the
> >> last freeze [1], which included allowing uploads from Experimental (not
> >> necessarily Unstable) after a 10 day waiting period. I think it would be
> > 
> >   Just to note that Experimental is an even worse idea for backports
> > than Unstable.  See: <https://wiki.debian.org/DebianExperimental>
> > 
> Experimental during a freeze is not the same as at other times.

Yes, it is.  It's still a staging ground for uploads that aren't
appropriate for unstable/migration to testing.

> Package
> updates that would normally go to Unstable are recommended to go to
> Experimental instead, keeping Unstable open as a path for making the
> minimal amount of changes to the frozen Testing distribution.
> In that proposal, there is still the waiting period and the requirement
> of no RC bugs. It doesn't mean anything out of Experimental can be
> backported.

That doesn't change the fact that backports are a way to provide updates
from /testing/ to users of stable.  Experimental has /far/ less exposure
than unstable and testing to help sort out bugs before a backport

The best way to return to the normal flow of development is by working
to reduce the length of the freeze.

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