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Re: package ownership in Debian

On Sat, 29 Jul 2006 02:49:34 +0000, Gustavo Franco <gustavorfranco@gmail.com> said: 

> On 7/29/06, Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> wrote:
>> On Fri, 28 Jul 2006 14:11:03 -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
>> <hmh@debian.org> said:
>> > On Fri, 28 Jul 2006, martin f krafft wrote:
>> >> also sprach Matthew Garrett <mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk>
>> >> [2006.07.28.1737 +0100]:
>> >> > If Debian had slightly less of a culture of "Keep your hands
>> >> > off my package", I'd do it here instead.
>> >>
>> >> I've been thinking about this a lot for the past week.
>> >>
>> >> Is there any way this could be changed?
>> > Yes, and we could start by really enforcing co-maintainership.
>> > Make it 100% mandatory for all essential, required and base
>> > packages at first.
>> Err, I am not sure co-maintaining packages actually unequivocally
>> improves packaging quality or response times. There are teams that
>> work well for a packagfe, and then there are packages where team
>> maintainence has not worked out.

> It won't improve packages from the first day, but in my experience
> it has improved the way i can communicate with people. It's easier
> for me talk with a member or two in a group and sometimes join them
> temporarily and help. The one-man approach, when this one-man is a
> freak hurts the project, and when the person is sane and the
> package(s) needs more work, you end with a group maintanance even if
> itsn't official.

        If the person is sane and has a package that needs more help,
 the person get co-maintainers. ANd even then, sometimes,  adding
 maintainers does not reduce the laod on the primary.  This is also
 from experience.

> You wrote that there are teams that work well for a package, and
> then there are packages where team maintenance has not worked
> out. These packages where team maintenance has not worked out were
> well maintained by one person before or what? If not, i disagree.

        Yes, and in a recent case, that single maintainer was thinking
 of taking the package back, in order to improve maintainance.

>> > Co-maintainers are much closer to what is being done in a package
>> > than joe-random developer.  Also, co-maintainership is far less
>> > prone to fire-and-forget uploads that hose things, and are nicer
>> > to people who feel very strongly about their packages.
>> Co-maintainerships require communication, and ability and desire to
>> share decisions, can result in a culture of "it is someone elses
>> problem (neat aphorism in german, I believe)", and if the team does
>> not trust one of the members, then things can turn ugly.
>> Sometimes, too many cooks do indeed spoil the broth.

> I think the debian-installer guys can tell you otherwhise.

        Ha ha ha ha. I can only suspect you do not have access to

>> > IMO, if we could reach a better level of resilience, lower
>> > response times, and agility with co-maintainership, it would be
>> > better than going to the extreme Ubuntu did.
>> I am not yet convinced that that is the case universally,
>> especially if you force people to work in teams.

> Hello, i thought Debian project was a big team. If people here don't
> want to work in a team, we're going nowhere.

> I think that force is the wrong term, we should encourage and in
> some cases require to avoid single point of failure, IMHO.

        There is no difference between requiring a team and forcing a
 team on people.  And that does not work.

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein. Book of Proverbs
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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