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

On Sat, Dec 27, 2008 at 04:11:35PM +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
> The decision of whether a bug is release-critical or not is for the
> release managers to make, using the various properties of the bug
> (including but *not* limited to its severity) as input to that
> decision. They can, in fact, make that decision apparent in the bug
> report *without* altering the severity level.

At the last Extramadura meeting, talking with Dato (Cc-ed) and some
other fellows, we identified the (potential) need for the Release Team
to have a sort of "override" file for the severities of bug reports
and, more generally, of all bug-related information.

( The argument which led to that was kinda bogus, it was something
  like: "given that we make decisions on the basis of the BTS, and
  given that the latter is completely open, we _might_ need to protect
  ourselves letting the RMs have the last word on what a bug
  information really is".  After all RMs already have various kind of
  overrides which affect britney's run, that would have been just
  another, more fine grained, override )

The reason why I'm reporting it here is that such a tool would also
enable to address needs such as the reported one: wishlist bug report,
marked with some RC-severity in the override.

I'm not claiming it would be a clean solution, I just got surprised
that the very same tool can address both needs.


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