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Re: Removing packages perhaps too aggressively?





On February 1, 2018 8:24:05 PM UTC, Abou Al Montacir <abou.almontacir@xxxxxx> wrote:
>On Thu, 2018-02-01 at 12:23 +0200, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
>> On Thu, 2018-02-01 at 11:10 +0100, Abou Al Montacir wrote:
>> > In general I agree with this as a DD, but when I wear my user hat I
>don't.
>> 
>> I disagree, I'm afraid. As a user, the speed in which we do removals
>> from testing or unstable shouldn't matter to you. What matters is
>that
>> the software you need is in the stable release. For that, you need to
>> know that something is not going to be in the next stable release,
>> with enough time for you to request it to be included if it matters
>to
>> you.
>> 
>> (I think we need ways of helping users to do that, but it's
>orthogonal
>> to how fast we remove things from testing.)
>I do agree with the statements above. However I think that by
>decreasing the
>speed of removal, packages get more chance to be fixed, but I'll not
>bet on
>this.

In my experience, it's very rare that it helps.  Here's a current example that I'm about to go ahead and remove after an extended period of no response:

https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=870987

Scott K