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

Ben Collins wrote:

> On Sun, Dec 13, 1998 at 12:43:38PM -0800, Joey Hess wrote:
> > Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> > > - Ben Collins idea : no unstable fork before deep-freeze
> >
> > FWIW, I'm against this for a reason you may not have considered. This makes
> > it impossible to work on making large changes to debian-only packages during
> > a freeze, which in turn means that they can only really be worked on about
> > half the time. I've in the past made big changes to versions of debhelper
> > and alien in unstable while a freeze was going on. If I had been hobbled by
> > not being able to release those changes for public testing as part of debian
> > until "deep freeze", those programs would not be as far along as they are
> > now.
> People should be concentrating on getting the frozen dist complete, not
> making changes to packages for unstable. If we do it this way, it is
> concievable that it wont be as long till deep freeze as it takes now. When
> deep freeze comes along, then we fork an unstable. If you don't have
> anything to do with your packages for frozen, take a break or pitch in
> with the "Bug Group" or help other maintainers get their packages bug
> free.

I have an objection to this proposal as advanced, and a suggestion for
correction.  Not all packages have serious bugs in them at time of
Meantime, upstream releases and other improvements take place which
ought to be
Debianized and made available for testing.  When you say "People should
concentrating..." this is a serious generalization.  Some people
certainly should
concentrate on fixing bugs in Frozen, but it is importunate to suggest
that those
who have no bugs in their packages must concentrate on these.

A better solution is to have a policy that packages with serious bugs in
should not be posted to Unstable until those bugs are fixed.  If some
people want
to join the "Bug Group" and help these bugs get squashed, very well and
good, if
others fix their bugs and move on to better things for the next release,
good.  We ought not to create a situation where we have to choose
stability and currency.

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