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Re: Removing packages perhaps too aggressively?

On Fri, Feb 02, 2018 at 02:29:49AM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 02, 2018 at 12:00:58AM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > Currently, RM bugs are filed against ftp.debian.org.
> > 
> > It might make sense to have them filed against ftp.debian.org *and* the
> > package to be removed, instead. That way, people who care about the
> > package are more likely to see that it is about to be removed, and can
> > take corrective action if they don't want to have that happen?
> It'd probably make sense to use
> https://www.debian.org/Bugs/server-control#affects for this.

How would that help?


Subject: RM: hello -- RoM; obsolete
Control: affects -1 src:hello

For the few days or hours between the RM bug being filed and the
package actually being removed, this would show up at

The chances of someone looking at this specific BTS page during the
short amount of time between it showing up there and the actual
removal are close to zero.


BTW: And then the next problem would be that the ftp team tends
     to ignore non-maintainer objections in RM bugs and removes
     the package anyway.


       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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