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Re: Excessive wait for DAM - something needs to be done

> Doing this has not required burdening somebody to upload my packages
> constantly. It *has* required me to be an active part of the community -
> there are any number of people who upload my packages for me. I think
> there's been about a dozen different people so far. No one person has
> probably done an upload more than once every three months. That's hardly
> a "burden".
> Frankly, I find the wide third-party auditing of my packages invaluable.
> Not because they're in bad shape, but because I often get really good
> ideas on how to do things.

I'm not going to disagree with you on this last point.  Third-party
auditing is a great way to improve the quality of any software, and it
made my packages better, and my understand of Debian better, too.

However, I do have a differing opinion on "burdening" my sponsors before
my application was approved.  One of the packages I maintain is xmltv.
During the time Matt Zimmerman was sponsoring these packages for me,
there was sometimes more than one new upstream release *per week*.  And
these weren't often trivial changes, either, that I could ignore.  I do
feel that this was a burden on Matt, and I also think it would have been
difficult for me to find someone else other than Matt to upload for me
on a frequency like that, considering that anyone who sponsors a package
should probably be at least somewhat familiar with it before uploading

For the six or so other packages of mine Matt sponsored (mostly Perl
packages, all of which had to do with xmltv directly) his burden was
fairly light.  But for a while, sponsoring xmltv had to be a pain in the
ass for Matt, although he never told me that.

> People are a lot more willing to audit your packages if they're going
> to do an upload anyways - anybody who has been in the NM queue long
> enough (and who actually had any interest to begin with - keep in mind
> I know at least three people who just went through the process for
> shits and giggles) to have some complaint about the process likely
> knows enough people for it to not be a problem. If they *don't* know
> enough people who are willing to do uploads for them (so that they can
> get an upload done promptly, without begging and whining) should start
> getting those connections made.

I daresay that's not quite as easy as you make it out to be.  


Kenneth J. Pronovici <pronovic@debian.org>

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