Re: Re: MIA, Incompetent and holiday-loving maintainers (was: Request for NMUs.)
Nathanael Nerode said:
> Another unfortunately common maintainer 'attitude problem' is the bug
> accumulation problem. That is "I'll fix this trivial-to-fix bug when I
> fix the other XXX bugs, and it's not worth uploading until I do."
> This leaves trivial-to-fix bugs open for months or even years longer
> than they need to be. It's simply the wrong way to operate. :-/
> However, it seems to be firmly stuck in some people's heads. Remember
> the mantra: release early, release often? It applies here. I have no
> idea how to fix this mental block, however.
I do this, I think for conservation of version numbers, bandwidth, and
archive resources. There's also the issue of propagating *something* to
testing every now and then. <g> It's not so much of an issue as long as
there is a plan to upload in n days, and the maintainer lets people know
what's going on - I use the pending tag for this.
On the larger matter of NMUs, one way to sharpen up everyone's act would
be to say that an NMU to delayed-n can happen for any bug in the BTS with
a patch against it which hasn't been "touched" for more than perhaps 10-n
days, no notification needed. By "touched" I mean that there hasn't been
maintainer activity on the matter - either a comment about the bug or the
patch, or a pending tag. The 10-n bit means that you can upload to
delayed-7 after 3 days, or just put it straight in after 10 days. And
maintainers aren't allowed to complain in any way about the NMU. <g>