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From: "Robin H. Johnson" <robbat2@g.o>
Subject: metadata.xml: <changepolicies>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 23:41:26 +0000
I'm forking this thread from -core, so we can have some useful
discussion about the idea, and then somebody can take it to the
gentoo-dev list.

This needs a lot more polishing still, and I'm not happy with some of
the semantics (esp. "policy" is too harsh a word for what we are trying
to convey).

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Metadata.xml should allow use of a <changepolicies> element. Within the
element, package maintainers should be able to describe how
non-maintainer changes to the package are handled.

The changepolicy element should contain zero or more <change> elements,
each of which present a tuple of the type of change ("type" attribute)
and the policy ("policy" attribute) for that type.

Proposed types:
---------------
- version-bump
- trivial-version-bump
- trivial-fixes
- fixes
- enhancements
- qa-fixes
- trivial-qa-fixes

TODO: I'm not sure what we'd put into some of these type at this point.
One dimension of split would be things that require a revbump vs. those
that don't. trivial-version-bump is probably the easiest one to handle,
simply copying the ebuild with changes to HOMEPAGE/SRC_URI/KEYWORDS.

Proposed policies:
------------------
- file-bug: A bug (ideally with patch) should be filed only.
- review-requested: Discuss the change with a maintainer via ANY means,
  get a +1 for it, and then you can commit it.
- notify: Do the change AND notify the maintainer.
- allowed: Do the change, no notification required.

Proposed defaults:
------------------
TODO: I can see a lot of value in motivating developers by declaring the
defaults for change policies shall be that all types are "notify".

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