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Re: git bikeshedding (Re: triggers in dpkg, and dpkg maintenance)

Mike Bird writes ("Re: git bikeshedding (Re: triggers in dpkg, and dpkg maintenance)"):
> On Tue March 4 2008 10:44:22 Ian Jackson wrote:
> > Of course this triggers feature has a proper specification.  It was
> > discussed and agreed on debian-dpkg and now resides in the doc/
> > subdirectory of my dpkg triggers tree, which is what Raphael is
> > refusing to allow me to merge.
> Raphael seems to have the power to block your packages but he has
> no rational excuse.  Can the tech committee overrule Raphael or
> does Debian need to fork a dpkg under more sensible maintainers?

Well, I'm hoping to be able to persuade Raphael without completely
destroying any chance of us working constructively together.  Raphael
has been doing much useful work which I want to see continue.

I could appeal to the TC but sadly I think (with some shame, as a TC
member) that this would be unlikely to yield an answer in time to
deploy triggers in lenny, if at all.  Also there is of course a
conflict of interest for me personally which would make the whole
thing look rather like self-dealing.

I have considered mediation but I think really the answer that a
decision is needed, not a helping hand to allow us to communicate.
Our problems are not that Raphael and I are being rude to each other.
The main problem is that we have an irreconcilable difference of
opinion about workflow.  Also, Raphael doesn't seem to trust my code.

There are a couple of `nuclear buttons' that I could push: I could
announce an intention to hijack dpkg, or I could declare myself
upstream (or, very similarly, declare myself `master' in git
terminology).  These would be very unfriendly and I don't think they
would lead to very good outcomes.


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