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Re: RFS: libvdpau (updated package)



Hi again,

[...]

> > > 
> > 
> > I'm sure you are aware of [1]. The second item of "Before doing an NMU" states:
> > "Did you give enough time to the maintainer?" Unless I got something wrong,
> > there weren't more than a few hours between the bug report and the RFS. You'll
> > surely understand that this wouldn't even allow people living in different time
> > zones to _notice_ your bug report.
> 
> Michael,
> 
> Thanks for your feedback.  Does the "Did you give enough time to the
> maintainer" question have as much relevance toward the end of the freeze
> when timely RC bug fixes are paramount?  Also, I wonder if those NMU
> guidelines are a bit antiquated nowadays since there is much broader
> acceptance of NMUs by maintainers?  I can appreciate the "make sure you
> don't break it" and "send the diff to the bug report" guidelines, but
> is it really necessary to spend so much effort to contact the
> maintainer (bullets 2, 4, and 5)?
> 
> Also, there is the "Upload fixing only release-critical and important
> bugs: 5 days" guideline which already gives the maintainer plenty of
> time to react.
> 
> Also, there is the "low threshold nmu list", which I had read some
> discussion where there was a push to make all packages "low
> threshold".  Not sure if that's gone anywhere though.
> 

In my opinion, this case of yours has nothing whatsover got to do with NMUs, let
alone the freeze. Technically, your approach is probably covered by policy,
freeze, etc. But Debian is not a system of robots.

I think this case is rather a matter of being polite. The BTS records a response
from one of the maintainers within 2:37 hours. You could of course try to
contact one of the maintainers on IRC, but other than that there's little chance
you get a response in a project as global as Debian in less time. 

Best regards,
Michael, who will go to bed and need more than 2:37 hours for another response :-)

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