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Re: Bugs in Backported Packages [Was: Re: Backports service becoming official]

On Tue, Sep 07, 2010 at 12:46:12PM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> On Tue, 07 Sep 2010, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > But when someone takes my package and uploads it somewhere other
> > than the main Debian archive, they incur *all* the responsibilities
> > of maintaining that package, including the responsibility of
> > appropriately triaging bug reports and forwarding them to the
> > maintainer when relevant. You don't get to decide that I should
> > spend my limited Debian time triaging bugs for someone else's
> > version of my package.

> There are separate aspects to bugs in backported packages.

> A. Where the bug exists:
>   1) Main version only
>   2) Backported version only
>   3) Both
> B. Where the bug is filed
>   1) Main version
>   2) Backported version

> The main maintainer cares about A.1 & A.3, but (optionally?) not A.2;
> the backported maintainer cares about A.2 & A.3, but probably not 1.

> Currently, the BTS does not correctly handle backport branches (we
> also don't properly handle -p-u or security).

> Ideally, it would be possible to have bugs filed against the BTS, with
> the assumption that if a bug was filed only against a backport version
> (B.2), it was the backported version maintainer's responsibility to
> deal with the bug, and fix the versions as appropriate if it actually
> affects the main version of the package.

> If the bug only affects the backport, then it should have a special
> tag set (backport), and maintainers who didn't want to know about the
> backport branch could filter out bug mail (and bugs) which had that
> tag set.

That sounds pretty sensible to me.  Thanks for putting the effort into this.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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