Re: On the subject of watchfiles (was Re: Proposed MBF: Debian upstream version higher than watch file-reported upstream version)
On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM, Jon Dowland
> Is it worth investing much effort into debugging watch file
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
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.