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Re: DPLs : what do you think about ...

On Sun, Dec 13, 1998 at 10:12:23PM -0800, Joey Hess wrote:
> Ben Collins wrote:
> > I think feature updates to debian specific packages can hold off till
> > after the freeze, if not, then post them with a link to your personal
> > space so maintainers can test it out.
> This will not work for the packages I maintain. I have posted links to eg,
> debhelper's web page, and no-one visits it. The only way to get the testing
> I need is to release to unstable.
> It's also pretty stupid to toss out our centralized package structure and
> force each developer to come up with their own idea of where to put
> packages on their own system. This would mean a return to the days of
> hunting down everything you wanted, instead of the debian way of getting it
> from a central location. No thanks.

You fail to see that the freeze would be shortened if it were handled
correctly. Which means your updates would not be held off long.

> > During a freeze nothing is as
> > important as getting the frozen dist as bug free as possible.
> Look, if I feel like adding wonderful feature x to debhelper, that does not
> mean I feel like finding a bug in some package I don't use and fixing it. If
> you want people to contribute to debian, don't keep puttingh all this
> annoyance in our way of doing so.

Then don't help. But to be perfectly honest, why should an entire fork for
an unstable be done just because some developers are bored and don't want
to assist with the rest of the project? I think your statement sounds
rather selfish. I seriously doubt that the feature is more important than
making the current frozen dist the best it can be. 

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