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Re: Bits from the Release Team: Architecture health check

On 29/01/14 at 19:41 +0100, Niels Thykier wrote:
> "Recursive" auto-removals temporarily suspended
> ===============================================
> We have received complaints that package maintainers felt surprised
> and inadequately warned, when their packages were removed due to a(n
> indirect) dependency being removed.  Therefore, we have decided to
> temporarily suspend removals of packages that have reverse
> dependencies until a "push-notification" is in place.
> As soon as this issue is resolved, we will re-enable recursive
> automatic removals.
> This issue is currently tracked as #734396.
> Auto-removals now listed on the PTS
> ===================================
> Thanks to the work of Ivo De Decker and Paul Wise, the PTS will now
> display a warning for packages that are about to be auto-removed from
> testing.

I still need to blog about this, but there are two other means
that could qualify as "push-notification" for planned removals:

 * Debian Maintainer Dashboard (http://udd.debian.org/dmd/) lists
   them in the "TO-DO" section, and provides an RSS feed.

 * how-can-i-help lists them (for locally installed packages, but it's
   possible to provide a list of additional packages to monitor). Run
   it in cron if you want to get emails. (see the man page)


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