On Oct 05, 2015, at 02:51 PM, Thomas Goirand wrote: >In other distributions (Red Hat and Ubuntu), everyone is aware of this >kind of issue before uploading, and this kinds of things don't happen.
Ubuntu at least does have a technical solution that helps ameliorate archive-wide breakages, and that is -proposed migration. When you upload e.g. to wily, it gets diverted to wily-proposed and to get promoted it has to pass a number of tests. The package and their reverses have to build. DEP-8 tests have to pass, etc. You can get a nice report about which -proposed promotions are failing: http://people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-archive/proposed-migration/update_excuses.html The downside is that you should probably be proactively checking this list (poll vs ping) and it can sometimes be difficult to figure out why a promotion fails or how to fix it. But this does mean that the archive itself is very rarely broken, and it can be a convenient way to stage package updates that may have effects in parts of the archive you might not be aware of. Cheers, -Barry