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Re: An alarming trend (no it's not flaimbait.) (fwd)

On Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 09:36:13AM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:
> > Oh god no. Please no. Inflating bug severeties just makes it harder to
> > do releases; if there's a problem with normal bugs being ignored (and,
> > IMO, there is), it needs to be addressed directly, not worked around by
> > filing everything as important or higher.
> But I think the point here is that the presence of a jillion normal
> bugs, unaddressed for years, constitutes a release-critical bug, and
> we want some way to filter such packages out of the release.  At
> least, that's what I thought the idea was about.

No, it's not that simple. dpkg is perfectly releasable right now, in spite
of a jillion normal bugs. Heck, now that Wichert and Adam are working on it,
it's even an example of a well maintained package.

There's a place for bugs like "This unmaintained package is not release
quality anymore", but I don't think it's really a good idea for users
in general to be filing them: you need to check the package really
is unmaintained and make sure that no one else is interested in doing
anything about it before you worry about it, at least, which is a job
for developers (ideally the -qa team).


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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The daffodils are coming. Are you?
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