Matthias and I had a conversation on IRC today about how to handle packages that are stuck indefinitely in devel-proposed until some dependent package is fixed. Up to now we have largely been leaving them in -proposed; this now makes them one of the largest groupings of unreleasable packages in -proposed, including most of the packages that have been waiting longest.
Leaving non-actionable packages in devel-proposed for long periods of time (these packages are non-actionable because they are not broken but depend on some other package that is) makes developers less productive when trying to identify packages in update_excuses to work on. But because these packages are themselves also not buggy, removing them means they disappear from Ubuntu and don't come back when the underlying issue is fixed. To square this circle, Matthias and I agreed that if such packages are removed, we should document them somewhere so that we can (periodically, perhaps semi-automatically) review that list and re-add packages as appropriate. This list now lives in the sync-blacklist branch: https://bazaar.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-archive/+junk/sync-blacklist/view/head:/extra-removals.txt Archive admins should feel free to make use of it. -- Steve Langasek Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS Debian Developer to set it on, and I can move the world. Ubuntu Developer http://www.debian.org/ slanga...@ubuntu.com vor...@debian.org
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