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Old 02-11-2010, 07:42 PM
Jeroen Roovers
Default Developer Handbook should document how/when to touch arch profiles' files

As set out in bug #304435 [1], we should declare some policy about
changes to arch profiles in devmanual or in the Developer Handbook.

Basically, I would want to have this apply to arch profile changes as

[5] http://devmanual.gentoo.org/keywording/index.html says:
= Keywording on Upgrades =

Sometimes you may need to remove a keyword because of new
unresolved dependencies. If you do this, you *must* file a bug
notifying the relevant arch teams.

since it all to often happens that this isn't done, or is done after
the fact. It would be even more helpful to get some language
in there advising ebuild developers to coordinate this with the
relevant arch teams in advance so that keywords need not be dropped at
all, or that the package.mask entry can be minimised, or that damage
can be limited in whichever way is technically achievable.

The documentation about maintaining sub-profiles is thin already, so we
might as well start documenting it more generally as well.


[1] https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=304435

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