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As many of you have already noticed, there are some arches that are quite
slow on stabilizations. This leads to deprecated stabilizations e.g a
package is stabilized after 60 days which makes that version of
the specific package obsolete and not worth to stabilize anymore.
I would suggest to introduce a new rule where a stabilization bug may close
after 30 days. Arches that fail to stabilize it within this timeframe
they will simply don't have this package stable for them.
Moreover, slow arches introduce another problem as well. If a package is
marked stabled for their arch, but this package is quite old, and they fail to
stabilize a new version, we ( as maintainers ) can't drop the very old
( and obsolete ) version of this package because we somehow will break
the stable tree for these arches. How should we act in this case?
Keep the old version around forever just to say that "hey, they do have
a stable version for our exotic arch".
Whilst I do understand that these arches are understaffed and they can't keep
up with the increased stabilization load like x86/amd64 do, I still
think that slow stabilization leads to an obsolete stable tree which I
doesn't make sense to me after all.
Markos Chandras (hwoarang)
Gentoo Linux Developer