Monday, 6 August 2018

Re: Proper way to handle britney hints

On Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 7:01 PM Steve Langasek <> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 06, 2018 at 09:39:27AM -0300, Andreas Hasenack wrote:
> > I would like to know how to properly handle updates to the so called
> > "britney hints", which controls how DEP8 test failures are handled in
> > migrations. Particularly for the development release.
> > I uploaded
> > on Jul 31st, and it has a known failure[1][2] on s390x, for which I
> > proposed this branch[2]. I also pinged in #ubuntu-release several
> > times after that.
> > It seems this communication got lost somehow. Except I already got two
> > emails from some bot telling me my package hasn't migrated and I
> > should do something about it, so that part is working.
> > So here is me doing something about it :)
> > 1.
> > 2.
> > 3.
> It seems your MP has the review requested from a team that is not the owner
> of the target branch, do you know why that is? (~ubuntu-archive vs.
> ~ubuntu-release)

No, I just made the proposal and accepted the default reviewer, i.e.,
I left the "reviewer" box empty.

> I don't guarantee that this would have resulted in a better response, but
> it's something to look at.

I'll be sure to pay attention to that next time.

> As for IRC pings, I don't know why your particular pings were missed, but I
> personally only highlight on my own IRC nick on that channel. I understand
> it's not the most efficient for requesters and can be frustrating, but don't
> hesitate to highlight me by name if you need something looked at.

Right, I don't like to ping people directly because that doesn't
"spread the load", and I've seen others just make such requests in the
channel to no one in particular, so that's the avenue I followed.

So, MP with the correct reviewer group, plus generic ping, and if
nothing happens after a day or two, ping someone directly.

> I've followed through now on that particular MP.

Thanks, much appreciated

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