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Re: On the subject of watchfiles (was Re: Proposed MBF: Debian upstream version higher than watch file-reported upstream version)

Hi Jon,

On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM, Jon Dowland
<jon+debian-devel@alcopop.org> wrote:
>  Is it worth investing much effort into debugging watch file
>  issues?

In my experience, yes. I can cite the example of the perl group: 679
packages group maintained. You'll guess that there's no way in earth a
small group of people can track such amount of packages manually. We
heavily rely on the watchfiles for detecting new upstream releases,
and the tool we use
(http://pkg-perl.alioth.debian.org/cgi-bin/qareport.cgi) automates
that for us. We go to great lengths to make every package have the
correct watch information.

Of course, we have luck, because CPAN (99% of our packages come from
there, and we have only 4 unsolvable watch problems) is pretty
well-behaving and consistent, compared to other upstreams. But chances
are that watchfiles can be useful for the majority of people.

Martín Ferrari

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