[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: For those who care about their packages in Ubuntu

On Sun, Jan 22, 2006 at 02:26:57AM -0800, Scott Ritchie wrote:
> In the case of such a package, the same fixes by the Debian maintainer
> to the Debian package do end up in the contents of the Ubuntu package
> when it gets resynched.
> Now, before I confuse myself with word games and contemplate whether
> that implies "control" or not, I'm going to offer up the conjecture that
> bug reports on an Ubuntu universe package are potentially more relevant
> to a Debian maintainer than bug reports on a Debian stable package,
> since they're closer to the current unstable.

Since all Ubuntu packages are recompiled against a different set of
libraries, the bug might not even affect the Debian package, even though
they share the same source.  Hence having Ubuntu developers triage the
bugs to rule out such issues before they are forwarded to Debian's BTS
is always a good thing; thus the maintainer field should be changed
for *binary packages*.  The source is the same, so the field should NOT
be changed for *source packages*.

If the bug indeed exists in both Ubuntu and Debian, then the bug is in
the source and needs fixing in Debian too, but if the bug is caused by
the Ubuntu build environment, then the bug is purely in the package,
and any bugreport would just waste the Debian developer's time, *AND*
risk Ubuntu losing vital information about a bug in their build

Regards: David
 /) David Weinehall <tao@debian.org> /) Rime on my window           (\
//  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   //  Diamond-white roses of fire //
\)  http://www.acc.umu.se/~tao/    (/   Beautiful hoar-frost       (/

Reply to: