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Re: Improper NMU (Re: NMU for libquota-perl)

On Sun, Sep 01, 2002 at 12:42:20PM -0400, Elie Rosenblum wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 01, 2002 at 06:37:52PM +0200, Bas Zoetekouw wrote:
> > Hi Elie!
> > 
> > You wrote:
> > 
> > > Why did you NMU this instead of submitting a bug?
> > > This is inappropriate.
> > 
> > Well, it's the intent of a bug squashing party to _decrease_ the number
> > of RC bugs, not to increase it. Also, we're trying to get the perl
> > transition done this weekend. 
> > Of course, I could've mailed you beforehand, but the fix is trivial, so
> > I didn't really see the need for that.
> > 
> > > I maintain several perl libraries, and it would be easier if I just did
> > > them all at once.
> > 
> > Which you can still do. I uploaded to DELAYED, so sooner uploads will
> > be prefered by the installer.
> I also don't see a bug submitted with this. If you're submitting
> NMU's, you sure as hell better be submitting bugs with patches (or
> the fact that no patch is required other than rebuilding with an
> updated system).

The latter is the case here - the only changes are those clearly
documented in the mails to debian-perl and debian-devel-announce,
 - The usual changelog entry
 - Increase of the version for perl in Build-Depends to >= 5.8.0

All maintainers are supposed to be subscribed to -devel-announce, so
you must have received the mail warning you this would happen quite
some time ago.

> Please delete your uploads.

There's no need. DELAYED exists for precisely this purpose. An upload
to DELAYED says this:

"I have built this fix, and it will be NMUed in X days unless you
upload something first".

If you upload a fixed package before the time runs out, then the
version of the package in DELAYED will be lower than the one in the
pool, so the upload will be rejected.

If you don't, the package is fixed anyway by the NMU.

Either way, everybody wins. The whole point of DELAYED is (AIUI) to
allow this kind of upload, where the maintainer has advance
notification and a chance of override it, but if they don't then the
new package will go into the pool.

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