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Re: Upload of GNOME 2.6 to unstable

Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Tue, May 18, 2004 at 12:34:32PM +0200, Michael Banck wrote:
> > Perhaps one can assume that all essential and build-essential packages
> > should be from unstable, while the build-dependencies are taken from
> > experimental?
> If that's the idea, why would you ever upload a compiler to
> experimental?

Well, until now no buildd built with an experimental gcc, yet gcc-3.4 is in
experimental. People interested in testing it or people who want to be on
the bleeding-edge can use it when manually compiling stuff and report bugs.

I see the merit in testing experimental parts of the toolchain, but it might
make sense to decouple this from testing experimenal components like KDE,
Gnome, OpenOffice, Apache or whatever. The latter usually don't need an
experimental toolchain to be built, the same way the toolchain usually
should be buildable out of unstable.

So the only use for having an experimental gcc is for testing it. I don't
think the scope is so great for this that it would justify setting up a
seperate buildd chroot just for it (or for testing a new glibc, whatever).
This could be easily done in a dchroot on a developer accesible machine, by
asking debian-admin to install the experimental package temporarily. On the
other hand, my above proposal would have relatively small impact on the
current buildd setup and could be implemented on the current buildds with
little changes.

Of course, I admit that I did not really spend a lot of time to think this
through, so I might be missing something important.

Michael, sorry for the commercial sig

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