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From: Rich Freeman <rich0@g.o>
Subject: Re: pushing fixes to stable before closing bugs
Date: Sat, 12 May 2012 16:17:03 -0400
On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM, "Paweł Hajdan, Jr."
<phajdan.jr@g.o> wrote:
> Agreed. I'm talking about compile errors or crashes here. I've really
> seen arches stabilizing packages with known problems, just having closed
> bugs because "the fix is in ~arch".

We might already be on the same page, but I think the bar to set for
stable is that the new build must be overall at least as good as the
previous one.  Having known issues isn't necessarily a problem as long
as overall the level of quality is maintained (all software has bugs -
some teams are just better about knowing about them).

If foo-3 is stable, and foo-4.1 introduces a bug, and foo-4.2 fixes
that bug, then I agree that stablizing foo-4.1 might be a mistake.  On
the other hand, if foo-3 has 30 bugs, and foo-4.1 has 20 bugs, and
foo-4.2 has 25 bugs (just not that one in particular), then it might
still make sense to go with 4.1 in the short term.  Obviously not all
bugs are equal.

This is why maintainers in general should be controlling what packages
get STABLEREQ'ed, and for important packages it is best to make this
decision as a team.  Is there really a sense that this is a big
problem?  I'm sure it happens - but AFAICT the effort required to
prevent this might not be worth it except in isolated cases.

Rich


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pushing fixes to stable before closing bugs
-- Paweł Hajdan, Jr.
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