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Re: divergence from upstream as a bug

On Sunday 18 May 2008, Ben Finney wrote:
> Please follow <URL:http://www.debian.org/MailingLists#codeofconduct>
> and avoid sending messages individually to someone when the message is
> also sent to the list, unless they ask for it.
> Pierre Habouzit <madcoder@debian.org> writes:
> > On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 06:01:19AM +0000, Ben Finney wrote:
> > > The Debian BTS is already on the list of places to go for
> > > information about Debian package changes. The proposal in this
> > > thread doesn't increase that.
> >
> >   For _debian_ packagers yes. But such a tool would be useful for
> > upstreams, and form them it *is* one another place to look at. And
> > most wont, because for large upstreams, there's this huge userbase
> > you see, and the huge number of downstreams, and huge number of
> > downstreams issue trackers. They can't look at them all.
> So it's already the case that they have a certain number of places to
> look, *including* the Debian BTS if the work is packaged for Debian. I
> don't see that this proposal changes that.

Please, also note that relation btw patches floating around in BTS and what 
has been actually applied to the debian source package in use may be 
extremely fragile -- mails got lost, tags being changed (by incident 
including), BTS server going down, you name it... OTOH interested parties can 
have diff.gz from more that 300 mirrors and its relation to what has been 
actually applied to the code is considerably much tighter and trustworty.

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