Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Re: Giving developers access to requeue package imports [Was: Ubuntu Platform developers BOF session?]

Serge Hallyn [2013-11-13 14:55 -0600]:
> Let's say three of us are working together on the next release of
> package foo. While ironing out a new feature, we want to stash a
> low prio bugfix to go into the same release. This happens quite
> often, and a UDD branch that we can write to is a nice place to
> stash these. Otherwise, yes, we simply need an out-of-band shared
> tree.
> Of course then the importer has to deal with differences.

As long as you actually *use* the UDD branch, i. e. commit to it and
use the usual dch -r/debcommit -r, the package importer won't do
anything as the branch is already current. That's the intended meaning
of a packaging VCS, and I consider the import robot to merely be a
helper tool to catch up with uploads which weren't done with UDD
(which are the great majority at the moment, though).

> When I first started looking at UDD, it took me awhile to realize
> that there was no way to feed a tag to the UDD branch to say 'now
> build source packages and push from that to the archive' :) I would
> have expected that, plus an error message on dput if there is a
> conflict in the udd branch.

That had been the plan all along when UDD was designed, but due to
manpower issues it never got implemented.


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