Merges - Pinging Previous Uploaders

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Mon Jul 16 00:07:47 BST 2007

On Sunday 15 July 2007 18:21, Michael Bienia wrote:
> On 2007-07-15 17:45:37 -0400, Scott Kitterman wrote:
> > On Sun, 15 Jul 2007 13:20:16 +0200 Michael Bienia
> > <michael at>
> >
> > wrote:
> > >I don't know what the best solution for this but it should work for both
> > >main and universe packages easily.
> >
> > Personally all these option seem FAR more complex than just asking the
> > person that dealt with it last.
> The last uploader has not to be the last merger.
> Person A does a merge, person B does an upload (say for a rebuild or an
> easy fix) -> MoM lists B as last upload. But asking person A about the
> new merge can be more helpful than asking person B.
> I've the impression that MoM works for main better than for universe.
> Main has small teams caring for specific packages sets (like Gnome)
> where the same team or person does the merges.
> MOTU is a larger team and doesn't have this "ordering" like main.
> Relying on the "Last Uploader" field on MoM doesn't work for us. We need an
> other mechanism to coordinate our efforts.
> An aggressive suggestion would be to drop the "Last uploader" field for
> universe package from MoM if it doesn't work out for us and "lock"
> merges with "In progress" bugs (or through some other means).
All of which is still way more complex than asking.

Part of the beauty of asking is that one can look in debian/changelog and it's 
pretty easy to understand who to ask without a lot of rules or adding weight 
to the process.

The more time people spend on process overhead, then less work actually gets 

Scott K

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