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Re: Bugs about new upstream versions

On Sat, 3 Feb 2001 brozen@torah.org wrote:

> > > Is it recommended to send bug reports about new releases in general?  Or
> > > is it recommended not to?
> >
> > Most packages are maintained by developers who are getting their job done
> > properly. They will notice the new upstream version and will update the
> > bug as soon as they can. Filing bugs will only take up their time.
> >
> > If the package is not updated for a long while (say, several months),
> > for whatever reason, then filing a bug tends to be appropriate.
> Alternatively, one could argue that there are bugs in the current Debian
> version that are fixed in the new upstream and that one could file a
> report that details those bugs, and then just mention at the end, "Oh, the
> latest upstream fixes these..." -- and that would be a very legitimate
> report.

We aren't in a kindergarten here...

> IMHO, several months is way too long. People do have a right to know that
> the new version is being worked upon, and without actually writing to the
> maintainer, they simply won't know if the maintainer has overlooked the
> new upstream, is releasing it tommorrow or in three months.

I agree that it's all right to send a wishlist bug report if a new
upstream version isn't uploaded within let's say one month - it's very
easy to oversee a new upstream version.


A "No" uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a
"Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
                -- Mahatma Ghandi

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