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Re: Source only uploads?

On Mon, Oct 20, 2003 at 10:51:20AM +0200, Matthias Urlichs wrote:
> Hi, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > a) All packages uploaded to the archive are built in an artifical
> > environment. All packages in the archive function as expected.
> > 
> > b) The package is uploaded from real-world environments. Sometimes it
> > breaks; when this happens the bug is noticed and corrected, so that the
> > package always builds the same way.
> c) The package is uploaded from the real-world environment where it works,
> built on the architecture 99% of the users have. The breakage in the
> other architectures' autobuilt packages is not noticed until after Sarge,
> and/or when somebody does an NMU (or takes over the package) and suffers
> from severe brain trauma trying to figure out how the h*ll it could have
> worked _ever_.

This is the same as (b), only delayed. Still acceptable - we noticed
the bug and fixed it.

> > I say that (b) is vastly superior to (a).
> I say that (a) and (b) have different trade-offs. However, you can't have
> (b) without also risking (c). Since (c) is really not a nice thing to
> happen, IMHO we should default to (a) -- consistency is good.

Sounds like the perfect getting in the way of the good; the end result

Papering over these issues is *not the answer*. Find them and fix
them, it's not hard.

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