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Re: DEP1: how to do an NMU

On Saturday 31 May 2008, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> > I propose to add "NMUs are usually not appropriate for
> > team-maintained packages. Consider sending a patch to the BTS
> > instead." to the bullet list.
> It really depends on the team. There are small teams where all members
> might become unresponsive at the same time. I don't think that we
> should special-case this.

Yes, it probably does depend on the team. But several people have raised 
this point now, which probably means that it _is_ a real concern. When 
are you (the proposers of this DEP) going to start listening to your 
peers instead of dismissing their concerns?

A lot of packages are team-maintained not only because it is more fun to 
work together, but also because those packages (or groups of packages) 
are more complex, or have interactions that may not be obvious at first 
glance. Which means that there may well be a bigger likelyhood that an 
NMU will break things.

"All members of a team becoming unresponsive" is possible, agreed.
But it is a hell of a lot less likely than "at least one member of the 
team being able to respond to urgently needed changes if appropriately 


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