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Re: Removal of 'Valid-Until' tag in archived jessie-backports

On Tue, Apr 02, 2019 at 10:19:47PM +0200, Joerg Jaspert wrote:
> On 15360 March 1977, Thomas Walker wrote:
> >Hi, I've noticed that previous release's backports have the
> >'Valid-Until' tag removed when they are moved to archive.debian.org
> >but that seems to have not happened with 'jessie-backports' (which has
> >a 'Valid-Until' that is well past expiration). I fully understand that
> >backports are not considered part of the lts support, but leaving them
> >marked as forever expired seems a break from past practice. Could the
> >'Valid-Until' field please be removed from the archived
> >'jesie-backports'?
> No they don't. At archive time stuff only gets copied over to the
> archive, nothing gets changed.
> And no, I won't remove those lines. Their whole reason is to break apt
> when they expire, it would be wrong to unbreak it. Users who still want
> to use it can override it in apt config.
> bye, Joerg

debian-archive-mirror $ grep Valid-Until debian/dists/*/Release
debian/dists/jessie-backports/Release:Valid-Until: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:25:43 UTC
debian/dists/jessie-backports-sloppy/Release:Valid-Until: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 02:31:54 UTC
debian/dists/squeeze-lts/Release:Valid-Until: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:18:40 UTC

So 3 of the 25 releases under archive.debian.org/debian have 'Valid-Until' tags, the rest do not.  It works quite well for its original purpose, to indicate whether a repo mirror is stale, but anyone relying on 'Valid-Until' to indicate whether a release is actively maintained is in for a surprise.  I was simply asking for consistency with what is already in the archives.