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Re: For those who care about their packages in Debian

On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 01:42:34PM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Russ Allbery writes ("Re: For those who care about their packages in Debian"):
> > Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk> writes:
> > 
> > > Please stop filing ITPs and concentrate on packages that should be
> > > included in squeeze.  The sooner squeeze is out, the sooner you can add
> > > stuff to the next release.
> > 
> > This comes up with every release, so I guess I'll reiterate what I end up
> > saying during every release.
> I agree with everything you've said.
> Perhaps the right answer is to simply ask people to upload
> non-release-related stuff to experimental rather than unstable.  That
> way one can do the itch-scratching right away; moving packages from
> experimental to unstable later is easy (and anyone can do it if they
> know it's wanted because it doesn't normally require much skill or
> knowledge, for peripheral packages at least).
> Even better would be an option to write something in your .dsc which
> would cause automatic transfer of your package into unstable when
> testing is unfrozen.  Distro target of "experimental-unstable"
> perhaps.  That way we could automate the "flood of new packages and
> distro is totally broken" effect :-).

That would obviously require some automated way to propate from
experimental to unstable, much like unstable->testing transition
happens, when all deps are available in unstable, etc.

IMHO, this would be better to be triggered on maintainer request
and semi-manually, instead of a distro target. Another issue is that
at the time you upload to experimental, which can be very much early
in the freeze, you may not know you want that to propagate to
unstable at unfreeze time.


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