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Re: severities of blocking bugs

On 7 Jun 2006, Thomas Bushnell verbalised:

> I have always thought that when bug X is blocking bug Y, the
> severity of bug X should be at least as big as the severity of bug
> Y.

        I don't think so.

> I have recently been told by a maintainer that my logic in this
> regard is faulty.  Is it?

        Well, consider this.  If there is a feature someone wants from
 a package, say kernel-pack^H^H^H^Hfoo.  Now, foo never had this
 behaviour, and changing the behaviour of foo to actually have this
 feature is not yet decided upon by upstream.  Asking for the feature
 is wishlist.

        Now, if someone supposes foo should behave this new way, and
 codes a package bar that uses foo expecting the new behaviour, and
 bar now FTBS, bar has a grave bug that is blocked by foo changing

        Can one now change the wishlist bug to grave as well?  I think
 not, since the feature request for foo remains a feature request.

 this is not entirely a hypothetical situation
Even when he is doing evil, the fool does not realise it. The idiot is
punished by his own deeds, like one is scorched by fire. 136
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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