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Re: Unannounced commits
On 12/27/22 16:53, Greg Troxel wrote:
Thomas Klausner <wiz%NetBSD.org@localhost> writes:
On Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 01:54:26PM -0600, Jason Bacon wrote:
Please consult with package maintainers before upgrading their packages.
That's not the usual way we handle this.
If you feel strongly about a package, you can set yourself as its
OWNER (instead of MAINTAINER) and then other committers are supposed
to ask you before any bigger changes (like updates; but not e.g. for
recursive bumps because of dependency changes).
I think we have too much OWNER.
I think MAINTAINER should be consulted for significant updates,
basically if a reasonable person would think they might object or have
wisdom. micro updates are fine, but especially packages that have to be
handled specially deserve asking. If MAINTAINER doesn't answer, that's
I see that MAINTAINER vs OWNER is documented in the pkgsrc guide, so in
adam@'s defense, he was playing by the rules. The rules seem
questionable, though. The idea that we can all perform unannounced
upgrades to each others' packages seems very counterintuitive to me. I
envision this reducing the reliability of pkgsrc as a whole. Minor
updates that don't alter the behavior of the software are a different
story, of course.
I personally wouldn't even upgrade most packages under pkgsrc-users@
without at least putting it in WIP, posting a heads-up on the
pkgsrc-users list, and allowing some time for feedback. That's a very
minor delay that could save someone a major headache.
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