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Re: Renaming linux-2.6 source package, keeping bugs



On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 02:44:31PM +0100, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-08-31 at 14:13 +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 01:39:20PM +0100, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > > Since Linux 3.x is a continuation of the 2.6.x series and not a major
> > > change, there was no need to create a new source package for it.
> > > However, we should now rename the source package to 'linux'.
> > > 
> > > Currently, most of our bugs are assigned to 'linux-2.6' or
> > > 'src:linux-2.6' so that version-tracking works across binary package
> > > name changes.  But if we rename the source package as well, these bugs
> > > will presumably be seen to apply only to versions before the name
> > > change, or only after.  How can we avoid this?
> > 
> > The good news is that I don't think this should require fundamental
> > redesign work in order to work gracefully.  The bad news is that I think
> > it is going to require some work.
[...]
> > We might need some work to make pkgreport.cgi?src=linux&dist=stable work
> > gracefully.  What I think ought to happen is that it should take the
> > version record for linux and realise that it is descended from a source
> > package called linux-2.6 that's still in stable, and look up the
> > appropriate version for that; but I don't recall implementing anything
> > that clever and I suspect that this does not yet work.
> > 
> > We'll also need to consider what happens for users of stable who'll
> > continue to report bugs and expect reportbug to be able to show them
> > listings and so forth.
[...]
> > Given the number of bugs involved, perhaps we
> > need to teach debbugs that "linux-2.6" should be considered as an alias
> > for "linux" for the purposes of queries and of input to submit@ and
> > control@.
> > 
> > Ben, do you have any constraints on the timeline for this that we should
> > know about?
> 
> No rush.

But it would be kind of nice to be able to rename the package before
the wheezy freeze.

> > Don, what do you think about all this?  I think it's tractable, but it
> > feels like a pretty solid weekend's work to me.
 
Has any work been done on this, or are any BTS changes actually
necessary?

Ben.


-- 
Ben Hutchings
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.
                                                              - Albert Camus


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