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On Mon, 2003-04-14 at 03:32, Fredrik Jagenheim wrote:
> Thus, I propose an extension to emerge that would look through your
> system and see which packages are marked as 'unstable' and ask the
> user interactively if they think the packages are OK. The responses
> could be of the type:
> 1) Yes, I've used it extensively and it works.
> 2) Yes, I've used it somewhat and it seems to work.
> 3) No idea, I don't think I've used it, but nothing is broke.
> 4) No idea, I haven't used it at all yet.
> 5) No, it doesn't work and I've used bugzilla to report the bug.
With some criteria this would be a good idea.
A big question is whether or not Gentoo should concern itself with the
operational functionality of the package in question. A 'does it build'
criteria would very efficiently mark packages stable.
But what if a new point release of foo introduces a bug that causes a
crash? Should Gentoo be responsible for marking the package stable or
unstable on that basis?
I don't think this is practical, although this is what seems to occur
fairly regularly based on my perusal of bugs.gentoo.org. This tends to
cause ebuilds which otherwise work fine to remain marked unstable even
if the user reporting the bug has made a mistake.
Perhaps a combination. If it builds succesfully with ALSA, KDE, GNOME in
the USE flags and sufficient numbers of people report this, mark it
stable. Also leave three prior release versions available for
installation marked stable in case the latest introduces a flaw caused
by programmer error. Introduce patches and fixes to the ebuilds as bugs
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