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Re: Fixes (in terms of bugs)

> On Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 02:49:04AM +0100, Richard Braakman wrote:
> > Julian Gilbey wrote:
> > > If you use the 'release --to master' command, you will be asked
> > > whether you want to close the bugs mentioned in the latest changelog
> > > after the new version has been uploaded.
> > 
> > Please don't.  This closes them far too early.  I've seen enough packages
> > get rejected from Incoming.  Don't close the bugs until your package
> > is actually in the archive.

Hold on -- if that's the case, why does the release script offer this
functionality?!  That's daft!!  Well, who's the maintainer for
devscripts?  The control file says:

Maintainer: Christoph Lameter <clameter@debian.org>

But as the emails on this list have been saying recently, he's long
since left.  I wonder who (if anyone) is currently looking after this
package?  I'd be willing to take it on if noone else is.

> I thought there was going to be a dinstall feature that closes bugs exactly
> when the new packet is installed in the archive.  Wasn't that the whole
> point of the crazy regexp that was posted here a few months ago?

Do you really mean dinstall?  I thought that was what is used to
install a new Debian system?  Is it also the name of the program which
installs packages from the Incoming queue?

> If I want to close bugs manually, it's no easier to run "release" than to
> just e-mail close notifications to all my bugs.

Well, yes.  But the point of the release command was to close the bugs
as the package which fixes them is uploaded....

> (What/where is the "release" command, anyway, and how can people get away
> with such blatant namespace pollution?)

Dunno.  ;-)

I wonder, then, whether there could be a section in the .changes file
which lists the closed bugs, something like:

Format: 1.5
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 14:44:40 +0000
Source: cweb
Closes-bugs: 12345, 23456, 23457

Then when the package is installed into the archive, the bugs listed
will be closed.

How does this sound as a proposal?



            Julian Gilbey             Email: J.D.Gilbey@qmw.ac.uk
       Dept of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary & Westfield College,
                  Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, ENGLAND
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