"Server" package merges and duplicated effort

Robie Basak robie.basak at ubuntu.com
Thu Jan 14 12:36:18 UTC 2016

On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 01:16:20PM +0100, Martin Pitt wrote:
> Wouldn't it be easier to add a comment to the package on the MoM page
> to say "joedeveloper is working on that"? That "comment" column is
> meant for that very purpose :-)

I think part of the problem is that there are many different locks, and
different people use different ones.

 * There's the MoM comment column as you say.

 * There's TIL. What does that mean, anyway? The last uploader, the last
   sponsor, do we skip minor and security uploads, do we only use the
   last person who merged? And what if the TIL person is offline or
   unavailable? I think different devs are doing different things here,

 * Merge bug assignment.

 * Blueprint work item assignment.

I think this is more of a problem right now as we have many merges in
flight. More than usual because a pile are being done by people without
upload rights, so naturally the review process means that merges take
much longer to complete.

I also think it matters more where sponsorship is required. I remember
how frustrating it was to get trumped while waiting for review.

I'd be happy to pick any one lock method, if it is well-defined and
there's consensus that that one is the One True Way.

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