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A proposal for improving efficiency of the FTP NEW process

On Friday, March 2, 2018 6:00:57 AM CST Gert Wollny wrote:

> I'd like to make a proposal how
> transparency and also the interaction from non ftp-master members to
> review packages could be improved.

I have an orthogonal proposal to enhance efficiency: stop re-examining each 
new SOVERSION of a shared library package.

The NEW queue is said to be for "when a new package is uploaded to Debian for 
the first time" [1].  For many packages, uploading a new upstream version goes 
straight into unstable.  This is not true, however, for shared library 
packages.  Because of the convention that a shared library package name 
contains the SOVERSION and the convention that any new binary package requires 
going through NEW -- each and every new upstream makes a trip through NEW.  
This is unnecessary work for FTP masters and unnecessary friction.

Solution: change the convention to "any new SOURCE package requires a trip 
through NEW".

[1] https://wiki.debian.org/NewQueue


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