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Freeze of udeb-producing packages for d-i releases


This mail is mostly a reminder of an existing practice documented in a
similar mail a few years ago, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to mention
that process again. Even more so since it's been a while since the last
such freeze. :)


So it's been a few years now, and packages producing udebs are still
getting frozen from time to time, when a Debian Installer (d-i) release
is getting prepared. The list of currently affected packages can be found
in the following release hints file:


If you want to learn a bit more about the reasons behind this, you can
read the following blog post of mine:


TL;DR: d-i is built upon many moving parts, testing takes some time and
sometimes regressions happen right before final installation images get
built. Avoiding such situations is the reason behind such udeb freezes.

As a maintainer, if you feel your package should be unblocked during
such a udeb freeze, you can file an “unblock” request against the
release.debian.org pseudo package, mentioning the block-udeb you'd like
to get an exception for. Bonus points if you include debian-boot@ and
kibi@ in X-Debbugs-Cc directly so that the installer team notices you're
requesting to get an exception. The release team would usually contact us
anyway, but looping us in from the start can increase your chances of
getting a swift reply.

Depending on the amount of changes and (planned or tested) consequences
for d-i, your package might be unblocked or might wait until after the
release has been published.

Looking at the previous release cycles, such freezes usually last for a
few days only, from a given debian-installer upload until installation
images have been built successfully, and haven't found to be crippled
with obvious bugs.

The freeze for the Debian Installer Buster Alpha 3 release has been put
into place today, and will be lifted as soon as the release is published.

Thanks for your attention and for your patience.

Cyril, for the release and installer teams.
Cyril Brulebois (kibi@debian.org)            <https://debamax.com/>
D-I release manager -- Release team member -- Freelance Consultant

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