Strawman: merge main and universe

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Thu Feb 7 10:53:09 GMT 2008

On Wed, Dec 19, 2007 at 12:37:05AM +0900, Emmet Hikory wrote:
> On Dec 18, 2007 11:38 PM, Mark Shuttleworth wrote:
> >  I do think we need a richer privileges system for upload - we specifically
> > need to solve the problem that people who care about a package in universe
> > don't lose the ability to tend to it when it moves to main. But that should
> > be the exception, rather than the rule. In other words, I would layer
> > explicit additional permissions for packages, and (small) sets of packages,
> > on top of our existing main/universe permissions. That way, when a package,
> > or small set of tightly-linked packages, wants to migrate from universe to
> > main, it can come with a dedicated group who can continue to upload to it
> > even though it's in main.
>     As an interim solution until a richer permissioning model is
> available, would the use of the Uploaders field (perhaps combined with
> Original-Maintainer) be a good way to handle this?  If uploads remain
> restricted to members of ~ubuntu-dev, but uploads to main are
> permitted by members of ~ubuntu-core-dev + those in the Uploaders
> field (who are also in ~ubuntu-dev), it would allow interested MOTU to
> upload to select packages in main with only minor disruption.  As
> teams grow larger over time, this won't scale, but it at least
> provides a little more breathing room whilst determining how to build
> an effective privileges system that meets the needs of developers,
> sponsors selling support contracts, and archive integrity.

This sounds fairly reasonable in terms of policy, though I don't know how
feasible this would be to implement in Launchpad or in what timeframe.

 - mdz

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