"Server" package merges and duplicated effort

Robie Basak robie.basak at ubuntu.com
Thu Jan 14 11:51:07 UTC 2016

We have a few new developers inside Canonical getting mentoring for
merges and general archive maintenance now, including three developers
on the server team working on getting uploads under their belts.

We've had three instances now where multiple people have worked on the
same thing, causing wasted work and frustration, despite trying (or
attempting to) coordinate on #ubuntu-devel and/or with the TIL holder.

Unfortunately as they're being mentored the work/review/upload waterfall
does take much longer than if an uploader does it, and this opens the
window wider to conflicts.

I'm tracking priority merges for "server" packages at
We will continue checking with the TIL holder anyway, and I'll ask that
there be a merge bug that exists and is assigned. If you're planning to
upload a server package, please can you check our blueprint for an
assigned work item or for an assigned merge bug first?


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