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Bug#658341: upload of multi-arch enabled dpkg (in time for wheezy)

On Thu, 2012-02-02 at 19:19:49 +0100, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> > >    [5] http://lists.debian.org/debian-dpkg/2011/10/msg00060.html

[ I replied to that now. ]

> Your wording is indeed more appropriate, but it's also incomplete. In
> Debian nobody could be held responsible for not completing some work in
> a given time frame; nor could anybody be forced to work for the Project.
> At the same time, the inability to complete some work should not be used
> to block the work of others. Let's call this "stalling".
> I believe you've been stalling --- with NACKs first and now with an NMU
> revert --- the work of a co-maintainer of yours and also of the entire
> Project, who is trying to reach a legitimate release goal.
> I'm convinced that such an attitude actively harms Debian and as such
> should not be tolerated. That's why I've asked for tech-ctte technical
> judgement on your decision to postpone the upload in wait of full code
> review.

If by stalling you mean, having to work on an unpleasant, distressful
and annoying environment, when supposedly doing it for fun, while still
managing to motivate myself enough to make progress by doing design,
implementation, review and cleanup work; not merging code I deem
technically not acceptable, regardless of the provenance (for which I
don't think I've ever discriminated on, as can be seen from the amount
of unmerged branches on my own repo, because they are not ready yet...)
on a project like dpkg, which has far reaching repercusion compatibility
wise, where we might have to live with issues forever or where package
maintainers might need to do useless fixup work due to the consequences
of those issues, on the whole distribution, then I guess, sure, guilty
as charged...


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