Re: Incomplete build depends on binary-all packages
> am concerned about requiring all the of these packages to download a
> total of about 3.5 GB for no substantive change in the packages.
Users of unstable are presumed (incorrectly, perhaps, but that's not
relevant :-) to be using unstable *in order to help debian improve the
next stable release*. As such, they are also presumed to be doing
downloads as often as they've chosen to, and thus there's no bandwidth
issue - either they're not constrained (true of many of us) or they're
doing what they can. It's not like there's actually going to be a
"pulse" of uploads in response to those reports...
> of package descriptions. Are we serving our users' interests when we
> upload packages with trivial changes? I would like to see some way to
Yes. "Cosmetic" changes are still quality improvements. Especially
in package descriptions, which are very much debian's "face".
Besides, *very few packages* have no *other* bugs that can get knocked
off at the same time... or if they don't, they're probably small
enough that the download issue doesn't matter anyway :-)
The Herd of Kittens
Debian Package Maintainer