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Re: Release update: base and standard frozen

On Mon, Aug 09, 2004 at 02:04:42AM +0200, Adeodato Sim? wrote:
> * Matthew Palmer [Mon, 09 Aug 2004 09:51:52 +1000]:
> > There'd hopefully be something better than that available, because
> > disallowing uploads to sid just seems Wrong.  I only know what it looks like
> > from the developer's end, but a testing migration test that produced
> > something in the excuses like "Uploaded after 2004-08-15: not a candidate
> > for testing migration" or something of that sort.
>   $ grep-excuses gnutls11 | grep freeze
>     Package is in freeze; use testing-proposed-updates for changes

Well that looks interesting; I wonder what it's basis for making those
decisions is, though.  If it's just a list of "these packages won't be
transitioned", that (a) won't really work for a whole-archive freeze, and
(b) doesn't solve the problem of buildd backlog.

What I'm suggesting is a decision on testing transition that is based on the
date that the version of the package entered unstable.  While that won't
necessarily solve all our problems, it will at least solve the problem of
buildd backlog possibly causing packages to miss the freeze (although that's
arguably the maintainer's fault for not uploading early enough).  See
libapache-mod-auth-mysql on ARM for reasons why it's not always the
maintainer's fault, though...

- Matt

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