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Re: "Team uploads"

On Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 11:52:54AM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:

> In Debian we have several teams working on maintaining large numbers
> of packages (pkg-games, pkg-perl, pkg-gnome for example). I
> proposed[1] to silence the lintian NMU warnings in the case of "team
> uploads"; where the person doing the upload is a member of the team
> in Maintainers but is not present in Uploaders. Does anyone think
> this concept of "team uploads" has merit?

It is a useful concept, but I would like to consider them as "special
case NMUs" rather than "special case MUs".

 - NMU version number
 - first changelog line contains "TU" / "team upload" / "team NMU" /
 - no need to put patch in bug
 - no need for NMU delay
 - no need to upload to delayed queue

My reasoning is that a package that has had only "team uploads" for
three years is a package where effectively no human is taking charge
for maintaining it, just as a package that has had only NMU uploads in
three years; I'd like QA / potential adopters to see that in the
sequence of version numbers as they do now.


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