Responsibility for rebuilding dependent components, was: F-16 Branched report: 20110920 changes

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at
Tue Sep 20 13:19:17 UTC 2011

On 09/20/2011 03:01 PM, Nils Philippsen wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-09-20 at 13:53 +0200, Johannes Lips wrote:
>> What's wrong with all that broken deps? Is this just a missing rebuild
>> against opencv and other libs or what's the reason for all this
>> "mess". I mean the release of F16 is not that far away and the amount
>> of broken deps is quite big imho.
>> I would be glad helping out if this is due to some orphaned packages.
> Some of these seem to be a case of "new library version was built and
> pushed as an update without the rebuilds of dependent components". It
> seems to be unclear who is responsible for the dependents to be rebuilt
> and included in the same update as the library being updated.

When you have a closer look, you'll notice that such "mass rebuilts" 
were being delayed by QA's "delay queue" and now are stuck.

> Currently
> I only see mails of maintainers who plan updating the library, but the
> rest of it pretty much depends on the maintainers of the depending
> components rebuilding them quickly enough, and the original maintainer
> to include them in the F-16 branched update.
> I'd like to see a discussion about how we can ensure -- within
> reasonable limits -- that e.g. bumping a library's SONAME is followed by
> dependent components being rebuilt and included with the providing
> component in one update.

I'd like to see a discussion on the proceedures currently being applied 
by QA, esp. "during freezes". IMO, they are unsuitable and harmful.


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