Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Re: Delegating hinting for autopkg failures to core developers and MOTU

On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 7:21 AM Matthias Klose <doko@ubuntu.com> wrote:
> Please can we delegate the hinting for autopkg test failures to core developers
> and MOTU?

Hi Matthias,
I like the idea, but to be specific I assume you only refer to the
hinting done in the current dev release.
Changes to hinting for released versions should stay with the SRU Team
only right?

> When ignoring an autopkg test failure, you usually have a reason to do so. As a
> core developer you already can work around autopkg test failures with uploading
> a work-around in a new package version, both for main and universe packages.
> The disadvantage is a longer turn-around, re-triggered autopkg tests,
> introducing a delta which has to be maintained. MOTU could be limited to only
> hint failures for universe packages.
> The current limitation of autopkg related hints being done by the release team
> seems to be a technical limitation, because other hints are done by the release
> team only. Of course there should be informal restrictions for hinting during
> archive freezes, release freezes.

/me has removed a lot of suggestions how to implement things I tried
to write as answer at first.
I think we need to focus on discussing what we'd want before we go
into how to achieve that.
Therefore lets see what the discussion brings, as all of this is a bit
mix-and-match depending on preferences.

Personally I'd appreciate something staged like:
A/B depending on how much we want to trust each other :-)
- overrides to main stay with the release team
- overrides to universe can be committed by core-devs (keep some
formal checking)
- overrides to main can be committed by core-devs
- overrides to universe can be committed by MOTUs

Christian Ehrhardt
Software Engineer, Ubuntu Server
Canonical Ltd

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