Re: splitting experimental by arch?
Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >>"joost" == joost witteveen <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> joost> In an attempt to save the world from disaster, Guy Maor wrote:
> >> I once tried to propose one simple rule that a package can't go to
> >> experimental unless there's already a version of it in unstable. I
> >> was extremely surprised at the very negative reaction, and I backed
> >> down.
> joost> Oh, that surprises me. I remember you posting that rule, but
> joost> always assumed that it was `your final word', and didn't even
> joost> realised a discussion followed:). I actually liked that simple
> joost> rule. (I like simple things that I can remember -- there seem
> joost> to be so little of those around any more).
> In that case, there should be an audit process in place and
> packages placed in unstable should never automatically be headed for
> stable, despite not having any bug reports filed.
> If I have a package that is not yet production quality, it may
> have bugs (that destroy your file system, for example), but I need to
> distribute it so a few people with their eyes open can critique it
> and help fix any bugs, I distribute it to experimental.
> That, in my opinion, is what the distribution is for.
> The opposing argument is that this is a new package, and if
> people load it, it is caveat emptor.
Well, the opposing argument was that unstable is just the place for your
> I disagree. Packages in stable should be tested and be close
> to production quality. If the package is experimental in the authors
> eyes, it should not be handed to users even if we know of no bugs
Yes, of cource, your package (the one you described abouve) should not
be in "Stable", it should be in "unstable". On the (rather rare) chance
that there is a changeover from unstable-> stable, then probably you
should (just before the freeze or whatever) have the package removed.
And if it will take a long time for the package to become usable, then
maybe Debian doesn't really want to distribute it?
> This is a quality of distribution issue.
joost witteveen, email@example.com
The upstream maintainer is allowed to do things different
than Debian, but only if he has good reasons to do so.
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