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Old 09-21-2010, 05:06 PM
Eric Smith
 
Default pushing updates for FTBFS

A bug was filed against meshlab because of an FTBFS for Fedora 14. I
added a patch to resolve it and submitted an update. After seven days
with no feedback, I was able to push it to stable.

For an FTBFS for a new Fedora release, does it really make sense to have
the seven day delay? I don't see what the downside would be of allowing
it to be pushed to stable immediately. Even if there's something wrong
with the update, it isn't going to replace a working package.

Eric

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Old 09-21-2010, 05:09 PM
Michel Alexandre Salim
 
Default pushing updates for FTBFS

On Tue, 21 Sep 2010 10:06:09 -0700, Eric Smith wrote:

> For an FTBFS for a new Fedora release, does it really make sense to have
> the seven day delay? I don't see what the downside would be of allowing
> it to be pushed to stable immediately. Even if there's something wrong
> with the update, it isn't going to replace a working package.
>
Just because the package is no longer buildable does not mean the
existing build no longer works, though. Case in point: the breakage of C+
+ programs every time the GCC compiler suite is updated, due to stricter
standard compliance in the new compiler version.

It's arguable that, in that case, since the maintainer has to do some
patching themselves, that having a test period is actually more essential
than is normally the case, when it's the upstream developers that touch
the package.


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