amending the new package process
orion at cora.nwra.com
Mon Feb 23 02:27:05 UTC 2015
On 01/23/2015 04:32 PM, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos wrote:
>> My experience with the new package process is that the review process in
>> Step 6 doesn't work. For some of my packages it took 3 months for a
>> reviewer to appear, some others more, some where reviewed faster. My
>> understanding is that it depends on how interesting the package is, how
>> many packagers you know, or whether you enter the review swap market.
> Indeed, the review process is the main roadblock to getting things done in
> IMHO, one easy solution to alleviate the problem would be to let experienced
> packagers (ones that are provenpackagers and/or packager sponsors) import
> their packages without a review (or with a self-review). We already trust
> these packagers to know what they're doing, and in particular, to know the
> packaging guidelines. So they should be perfectly able to verify the
> compliance of their own packages on their own. Doing this would clear a
> significant portion of the review queue instantly, and free up valuable
> reviewer time for those packages that really do need reviewing, those coming
> from new packagers.
> In many Free Software projects (e.g., GCC, KDE, etc.), the people who are
> allowed to approve other people's commits can also approve their own. Sure,
> there are others that insist (like us) on peer review by a second person,
> but those typically suffer from the same issue we do (stalled reviews all
> over the place).
> Kevin Kofler
I'm a PP and a sponsor, and people still catch mistakes in reviews of my
packages. Maybe I shouldn't be a PP/sponsor then, but there it is.
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