[adding -devel to cc] On 12/3/18 8:11 PM, Dominik George wrote: >> well, Debian is using gitlab!!! so this sentence has no sense. The >> problem here >> is that is a complex software that depends of a lot of pieces and it's >> not >> easy/possible to fit the definition. So, maybe we should create another >> category >> of software. > > Yes, and that Debian officially uses GitLab, from a foreign source, without being able to support it in Debian, does make me feel ashamed for the project. > >> maybe creating another kind of repo. debian-contributuions >> debian-blabla, whatever. >> > > We had volatile, which, redefined properly, could help. I am trying to draft such a definition. Did you get a chance to work on it? I think it has to be an extension of backports with dependencies that fall within the backports criteria being maintained in backports and only packages that cannot be in backports maintained in volatile. Original definition of volatile from https://www.debian.org/volatile/: "Some packages aim at fast moving targets, such as spam filtering and virus scanning, and even when using updated data patterns, they do not really work for the full time of a stable release. The main goal of volatile is allowing system administrators to update their systems in a nice, consistent way, without getting the drawbacks of using unstable, even without getting the drawbacks for the selected packages. So debian-volatile will only contain changes to stable programs that are necessary to keep them functional." Proposed definition: "Some packages aim at fast moving targets, such as complex web based software with very small release cycles and new dependencies, they do not receive security support or bug fixes for the full time of a stable release. This means backporting targeted fixes are impossible. The main goal of volatile is allowing system administrators to update their systems in a nice, consistent way, without getting the drawbacks of using unstable, even without getting the drawbacks for the selected packages. New dependencies introduced can be maintained in backports repository. So debian-volatile will be an extension of debian-backports, with dependencies that fall within the criteria maintained in debian-backports."
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