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Re: XFree 4.2.0 - again

On Fri, Apr 26, 2002 at 09:07:01AM -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:

> On Fri, Apr 26, 2002 at 09:48:29AM -0400, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > A testing + testing-updates system would give the worst of testing and
> > unstable: possibly broken packages that lag behind unstable.
> All software is possibly broken; whether we call it stable or testing or
> unstable doesn't matter, except to adjust the odds a little bit.

But those odds are exactly what matter.  We want to minimize the chance of
broken software being released.  Providing a backdoor into the release
without the sanity-checking of unstable seems like more work for the release
manager and more potential for bad bugs in the release.

> If we can't trust maintainers to use enough care when uploading to
> woody-proposed-updates that the odds still come out in our favor, then
> you're right that testing is a bad idea.  I don't think it's a foregone
> conclusion that maintainers can't be trusted to use woody-proposed-updates
> properly.  I suppose we'll never know for sure if no one ever implements
> it, though.

Maintainers are a motley group.  Some could be trusted to make minimal
changes, and test them thoroughly, before making an upload to
testing-proposed-updates, and others could not.  All of the updates would
certainly need to be reviewed by hand if they were allowed.

 - mdz

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