Backports Queue is Huge - Officially Volunteering to Help

Thomas Ward teward at
Thu Dec 6 15:44:12 UTC 2018

In case it wasn't clear, I am officially volunteering to assist with
clearing out the backports queue.

I have been working with the Server Team specifically with NGINX since
2014, but I am well versed in Ubuntu policies and how package processes
work, and would like to volunteer to be part of the backporters team to
help clear out the pending backports queues.  This way, Backports can be
seen as a potentially viable method of getting newer software features
into older releases where SRUs are not a viable solutions.


On 11/29/18 12:07 PM, Thomas Ward wrote:
> I took a look at the backports projects today, and the queues there. 
> The backports queues seem to be pretty siaable, and nobody's really
> taking the time to take a look at them (73 in Xenial backports, 11 in
> Bionic, 100+ in Trusty, etc.).
> I haven't taken a look in-depth on the backport requests yet, but the
> key thing I am seeing is that all the backporters are otherwise
> occupied in working on other tasks.
> If the problem is nobody is stepping up to volunteer to take a peek,
> the question then becomes is it just a lack of volunteers with the
> proper knowledge, or is it a lack of people wanting to take a look, or
> is it a lack of volunteers with the proper permissions to do the
> backports?  (I'd be willing to volunteer some of my time out of each
> week (probably weekends in my case) to poke at the backports queues if
> I were considered an acceptable member for the team)
> It'd also be nice to see what requirements are needed to consider
> someone to be a backporter, the documentation on this seems
> nonexistent as does process documentation.
> Thomas
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