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Re: dehs will stop

Lars Wirzenius <liw@liw.iki.fi> writes:

> Denial of service attacks on the bug tracking system, on mailing lists,
> mail servers, and maintainers is unappreciated. 6229 bug reports would
> result in all sorts of unnecessary and unwanted load on all sorts of
> systems and people. It is because of reasons like these that mass-filing
> of bugs must always be discussed on debian-devel beforehand, so that the
> utility of the bug reports can be weighed against the load and
> disruption they cause.

> In this situation, I think it is clear that filing 6229 *wishlist* bugs
> is completely unwarranted.

Wouldn't it be a lot easier, if there is consensus that having a watch
file is the right thing to do, to add it as a lintian warning?  That seems
like a far lower-impact way of notifying 6,229 package maintainers.

One problem with either approach (although somewhat less so for filing
bugs if someone is carefully hand-checking each one) is that there are
packages in Debian that are based on an upstream release that's completely
dead or unsuitable for further tracking for some reason.  For such
packages, the watch file is actually counter-productive, since it implies
some ongoing relationship to the original upstream release that isn't

Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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