Backports Queue is Huge

Thomas Ward teward at
Thu Nov 29 17:07:25 UTC 2018

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.


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