Future of REVU and Debian Mentors

Andy Price andy-price at ubuntu.com
Fri Aug 3 04:40:47 BST 2007

On 03/08/07 03:44, Emmet Hikory wrote:
>> I think it would be good to throw some more ideas at the launchpad devs
>> and help them to understand REVU feature requirements such as:
>     I'm not sure these are all useful for other use cases, and it
> might be useful to consider the requirements as part of a wider
> solution for MOTU tools.
>> - Automatic lintian and linda runs
>     Firstly, developers should really run these themselves, and
> secondly, development workstations / chroots are likely to have the
> latest tools, with the latest warnings, whereas any stable tool is
> more likely to run the latest LTS, and therefore be prone to either
> producing no-longer meaningful information, or not generating now
> meaningful information.

My feeling about launchpad was that, if they're championing the deb
package format by offering the PPA feature, they're going to want to
offer supporting features for that also, which means review tools would
be valuable from the launchpad perspective as well as ours. Hence it
would be good to take the discussion to the lp devs so that we can all

>     More generally, it might be nice to have regular linda and lintian
> runs over the Ubuntu archive: I suspect there's quite a lot that could
> be done to improve the packaging of existing packages, regardless of
> REVU, PPA, etc.  Debian has one (1) for lintian, although I'm not sure
> how much it's used.

True enough. Something in my bones makes me say that those kind of
improvements should be happening in Debian anyway. But don't let me veer
off topic :-)

Andy Price

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