On Sun, Dec 28, 2008 at 4:19 PM, AllenJB <gentoo-lists@...> wrote:
> ...Which isn't stable yet, so stable users won't see them... if there even
> were any news items (I'm using portage 2.2, just sync'd and there are no
> news items listed).
> I was aware of GLEP 42 but it's one of those things that seems to have
> existed in some form since I started using Gentoo several years ago and has
> never been implemented.
It was implemented a year ago and released only recently.
> Given that it's apparently already in testing, when will developers start
> using this system? (And how will it be known if there are any issues with it
> if it hasn't been used on the live tree before 2.1.6 goes stable?)
Probably once portage versions that support it are stable.
> And who is going to make sure that developers are using it to keep users
> informed of (potential) issues?
I think the idea of some kind of 'news police' is stupid. Responsible
developers will write items, have them checked by someone and then
submit them. Irresponsible developers will not.
> Also, will news items be posted to a web page, forum or mailing list in
> addition so that they can be easily linked to from forums / irc / mailing
> lists and users can see issues coming in advance if they don't sync
> particularly frequently?
Not at this time, but news items are easy to parse, file a bug if you
think this is useful.
> Zac Medico wrote:
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>> AllenJB wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I would like to suggest that as part of the stabilization process,
>>> developers are required to (get PR to) make an announcement about any
>>> manual intervention that (might be) required on a stable system.
>>> At the moment, this would include most blocks (eg. the recent e2fsprogs
>>> block) and issues such as the firefox/xulrunner use flag issue.
>>> These announcements should appear on the gentoo.org front page,
>>> gentoo-announce list and the announcements forum.
>>> The announcement should appear before the first (affected) architecture
>>> stabilizes the package.
>>> I think this would help alleviate the load of those helping in the
>>> forums, irc and mailing lists as well as probably reduce the number of
>>> unnecessarily created bugs.
>>> Obviously the need for these announcements will be drastically reduced
>>> with the stabilization of portage 2.1.6 / 2.2, but I suspect there will
>>> still be things which they can not handle automatically.
>> You can use GLEP 42 news items which are supported with portage-2.1.6:
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