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Freeze Update [2001/11/19]



Hello world,

We're almost into the last week for uploads of base packages. If there're
outstanding bugs you'd like to see have some chance of getting fixed,
upload now.

Likewise, we're getting into the last seven days for making sure standard
and task packages get included in the woody release. At the moment,
many many packages look like they'll need to be removed, notably gpm (on
which packages such as jed, links, mc, pdmenu, vim, and w3m depend), lyx,
mutt, cvs, procmail, apache, gnuplot, lincity, mime-support, mozilla,
openssh, postgresql, strace, tetex-base and tetex-bin [0]. People who
can fix these bugs and care about those packages are encouraged to send
in patches or upload fixed packages [1].

The following (source) packages have been removed from woody / testing
or will be over the next couple of days:

	* scm (buggy, old version depends on rx to be removed)
	* gnucash (doesn't build, old version depends on old scm)
	* swi-prolog (orphaned, doesn't build, buggy)
	* ucbmpeg (orphaned, doesn't build)
	* tkgofer (doesn't build)
	* lilypond (doesn't build)
	* alsaconf-0.4 (broken: alsa-base dependency conflicts with ac-0.4)
	* skam (doesn't build)
	* bock (doesn't build)
	* pysol (doesn't include source - #118126, python policy)
	* pysol-cardsets (depends on pysol)
	* junior-games-card (depends on pysol)
	* python-imaging (python policy, new deps on buggy sane-backends)
	* sketch (buggy, depends on python-imaging)
	* liboo2cx11 (liboo2cx11-dev deps oo2c, oo2c conflicts liboo2cx11-dev)
	* voberon (voberon-dev deps liboo2cx11-dev and oo2c)

If the appropriate bugs and dependencies are resolved while new packages
are allowed for the appropriate priority, those packages will be accepted
back into woody.

Maintainers and folks interested in QA are encouraged to look over:

	Uninstallable packages in testing:
		http://ftp-master.debian.org/testing/testing_probs.html

	Out of date packages in testing:
		http://ftp-master.debian.org/testing/testing_outdate.txt

	Uninstallable packages in unstable:
		http://ftp-master.debian.org/testing/unstable_probs.html

	Out of date packages in unstable:
		http://ftp-master.debian.org/testing/unstable_outdate.txt

	Build logs, statistics, etc:
		http://buildd.debian.org/

	Problems getting packages into testing:
		http://ftp-master.debian.org/testing/update_excuses.html

The first two lists *should* be empty by release time (they're *all*
RC bugs of one sort or another), but are a long way off that right now.
Out of date packages in testing can be fixed by uploading a current
package to unstable (if the version in unstable is releasable), or to
woody-proposed-updates (otherwise). Packages on those lists are candiates
for removal, especially ones that affect i386 (and thus the majority
of users).

The latter list should help you get some handle on why your package
isn't getting into testing. In particular the "Depends: foo bar" lines
should be of interest, if your package is being held out because of bugs
in other packages.

Cheers,
aj

[0] Listed by source package. What a wonderful excuse for you to use the
    nifty new `http://bugs.debian.org/src:gpm' urls to look them up.

[1] Some unofficial NMU guidelines that are a little simpler than the ones
    in the developers-reference are at:

             http://people.debian.org/~ajt/nmus.txt

    They're not official, so use some discretion and judgement rather
    than blindly following them. It's probably a good idea to check the
    vacation field in db.debian.org of the maintainer of the package
    you're considering NMUing. Consequently, it's probably a good idea
    to list any special NMU requirements you might want paid attention
    to in said vacation field.

-- 
Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
I don't speak for anyone save myself. GPG signed mail preferred.

 "Security here. Yes, maam. Yes. Groucho glasses. Yes, we're on it.
   C'mon, guys. Somebody gave an aardvark a nose-cut: somebody who
    can't deal with deconstructionist humor. Code Blue."
		-- Mike Hoye,
		      see http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/armadillos.txt

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