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Re: Bug#657390: lintian: Please make build-arch and build-indep required targets

On Wed, 28 Aug 2013 04:28:07 +0200 Guillem Jover <guillem@debian.org> wrote:
> Hi!
> On Mon, 2013-08-26 at 09:58:33 +0200, Niels Thykier wrote:
> > [...]
> Well, if we take into account the dynamics of normal transitions the
> remaining long tail usually takes a very long time to get done w/o
> active incentives.

Indeed.  My estimate was based on the rate being sustained, which gets
increasingly more and more unlikely as there are fewer packages left.

For the record, we are now 2½ after the last mail (from me) and "only"
down to 1694 packages remaining.  In the past year, it has dropped by
about ~500 without any nagging.

> [...]
> > [...]
> > 
> > So, the question is now - do we want to scale up the enforcement level,
> > and, if so, to what?  As mentioned earlier, I am willing to increase the
> > severity of the tag (provided it does not become an auto-reject overnight).
> I think if we'd want to get this done relatively soon, then it needs
> "€œactive herding". Increasing the lintian tag to a non auto-reject error,
> mails to debian-devel (or d-d-a) and possibly blog posts encouraging
> people to switch packages, someone to possibly handle it as a release
> goal to give it visibility, etc.

No one ever confirmed that "E" tags are more likely to be fixed than "W"
tags.  That said, nagging people on d-d(-a) or via blog posts might help.
  Alternatively, if the FTP masters agree we could make it an
auto-reject tag.

> After a while, and depending on the amount still remaining, probably
> switching to more aggressive methods, like I described above would
> help with the remaining straddlers.
> Thanks,
> Guillem



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