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Re: Release management and testing problems

On Sat, Aug 03, 2002 at 11:03:04AM +0200, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> Le Sat, Aug 03, 2002 at 06:43:17PM +1000, Anthony Towns ?crivait:
> > Oh, and when I was doing testing, none of the ftpmasters at the time (Guy
> > Maor, and Richard Braakman, primarily, iirc) helped out particularly.
> > Which was perfectly fine, since I didn't expect them to, or need them to.
> You're igoring a simple point :
> Setting up and testing the "testing" distribution requires absolutely no
> interaction with any other developer since you just use unstable like it
> has always been.

No, I'm not ignoring that point: I'm telling you it's a mistake.

It's a mistake because it means you have *no* way of ensuring your change
is a success (you *can't* force volunteers to do anything), and it's a
mistake because it makes it harder to prototype your changes.

If you absolutely insist on doing things the wrong way, though, *you're*
still the one that has to deal with the problems, and that has to find
out a way of prototyping this anyway.

"testing" took at least half a year and probably longer to work out
feasible ways of avoiding requiring developers to act to actively to
support it, eg.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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