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Bug#509732: Debian policy doesn't feature RC bugs

On Fri, 26 Dec 2008 19:46:36 -0800
Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> wrote:

> On Thu, 25 Dec 2008, José Luis González wrote:
> > If a problem is RC, it should be marked as RC. If the BTS manages
> > pseudopackages, a bug in a pseudopackage that is RC should be marked
> > as RC in the BTS.
> The BTS has nothing to do with deciding whether particular bugs are
> release critical or not. We indicate to other tools (like britney) the
> set of bugs which are RC and the packages that they affect.

I didn't know about it (was relying on bug-maint-info.txt:
"Currently, these [bugs] are critical, grave and serious".)

> Whether we decide to release with bugs of serverity >= serious in
>  pseudopackages is a decision for the release managers, and the
> information for them to make that decision can be made available to
> them if it is not already available.

May I know if the BTS is part of that information? If it is IMHO the RC
directive in the Policy would be necessary (this bug is about filing
bugs caused by the Policy that are of severity >= serious.)
> > I am sorry but debian-policy isn't featured in
> > http://www.debian.org/Bugs/pseudo-packages
> debian-policy is not a pseudo package. It's a real package that is
> released with Debian.

This bug is about the Debian Policy, not about the debian-policy
package. I was mislead to think that bugs about the Policy should be
filed on general because upon reading the Bugs Reporting web page
nothing was said about it (the Policy, not the package):

> In any case this should be explained in the web site. In
> http://www.debian.org/Bugs/Reporting it is said:
> "If you are unable to determine which package your bug report should be
> filed  against, please send e-mail to the Debian user mailing list asking for > advice."
> "If your problem doesn't relate just to one package but some general
> Debian service, there are several pseudo-packages or even mailing lists
> that you can use to relay your message to us instead."

Here my error was presuming that the Policy was a Debian service. I
should have asked for advice on the Debian user mailing list.

> > Another bug should be filed on www.debian.org for this.
> The documentation describing what to do if you don't know what package
> to file a bug against is correct, though patches to make it clearer
> are certainly acceptable.


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