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Re: Bug severity and release-critical status (was: Bug#509732: Debian policy doesn't feature RC bugs)

On Sat, 27 Dec 2008, Ben Finney wrote:
> So, it's not correct for anyone but a release manager to decide
> “this bug is/is not release-critical, so I'll change the severity”;
> that is a perversion of the meaning of the severity field.

That's not quite true. See below.

> You can argue about whether a bug fits the definition of a specific
> severity level, and change the severity field value on that basis;
> but whether the bug “is release-critical” has no place in that
> argument.

The only distinction that has importance for release criticality is
the important <-> serious division; anyone can try to adjust the
severity to follow the guidelines of the release team, but the release
team make the final decision. Likewise, anyone can try to adjust the
severities outside of this division, but the maintainer(s) make the
final decision.

Don Armstrong

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them to crisp is bad behaviour, I have not yet achieved a state of
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