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Bug#97671: 88 Priority violations in woody

On Tue, Apr 30, 2002 at 10:07:07PM +0200, Josip Rodin wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2002 at 11:52:20AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > > * Policy is not a stick to beat people with.  It's a guideline, that should be
> > >   followed closely, but not exactly.
> > 
> > Doesn't stop people from whacking my packages with it;
> > bugs.debian.org/97671.
> I hope you're not referring to my initial raising it to serious...?

Yes, and aj's insistence that it should stay there, which does not
appear consistent with his decision that 88 other serious policy
violations should be closed outright.

I don't have have a personal beef with you or Anthony, or your
respective interpretations of the Policy manual or the "true meaning" of
documents like http://www.debian.org/Bugs/Developer, which contains
blatant falsehoods and needs revision[1].  The issue to my mind is the
nature of the BTS itself, and the audience it is most intended to serve:
users, developers, or the Release Manager.

My personal opinion is that the BTS should serve the developers first
and foremost.  It *should* also be able to serve the users, but until it
has a conception of bugs against versions of packages as opposed to a
non-temporal notion of a package, it's going to fill that role only
poorly.  I think the Release Manager has other tools at his disposal for
discernment of release-criticality.  Whether those tools work to the
satisfaction of a given Release Manager or not is another question.

[1] "Problems in packages can only be considered fixed once a package
that includes the bug fix enters the Debian archive."  At best this is
misleading when the changelog-bug-auto-closing feature is used in
conjunction with the "New Incoming" system.

G. Branden Robinson                |    I am sorry, but what you have
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    mistaken for malicious intent is
branden@debian.org                 |    nothing more than sheer
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    incompetence!     -- J. L. Rizzo II

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