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Re: DEP1: Clarifying policies and workflows for Non Maintainer Uploads (NMUs)

On Mon, 26 May 2008, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 05:12:23PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> As Lars said, if the NMU fix is minimal then it should be trivial to
> just apply it directly to the VCS version (apart from the changelog
> there should be a reasonable chance of patch being able to cope by
> itself).

When you base anything on an unreleased version, you have a lot more
potential to introduce issues.  If you fix the current package with an
NMU, you have a known set of issues to deal with.

So, unless you *REALLY* know what you're doing, I'd say it is damn best
to stay the hell alway from anything in the VCS that has not been
uploaded yet in an NMU.

> It's also important to consider why the changes that are in the VCS have
> not been uploaded to the archive - it may be that it's simply a case of
> nobody having got round to it yet but it could also be due to there
> being some issues which need to be resolved.

Exactly.  So, just don't do it as a *rule*, and leave the "upload from
VCS" as the exception.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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