REVU - Cleanup of the "Needs Review" section

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Sun Nov 2 15:51:28 GMT 2008

On Sun, 02 Nov 2008 15:39:46 +0000 James Westby <jw+debian at> 
>On Sun, 2008-11-02 at 09:56 -0500, Scott Kitterman wrote:
>> On Sun, 2 Nov 2008 09:42:46 +0000 Kasper Peeters 
>> <kasper.peeters at> wrote:
>> >> I'm pondering on running a script to move all those which don't have
>> >> "jaunty" in debian/copyright to the "Needs work" section, leaving a
>> >> comment asking to change it to "jaunty", check the standards version
>> >> and some general recommendations (or perhaps just a link to a new wiki
>> >> page), so that we get ride of all those packages whose author isn't
>> >> coming back or which still need work anyway. I do understand that this
>> >> could be annoying for some users, though, so I'm asking here to hear
>> >> some more thoughts. Does anyone have strong objections to this?
>> I'm still in favor unless someone has a better idea on how to find out 
>> packages still have interest from the packager.
>I had another idea after my last mail: only open REVU for part of the 
>REVU opens on the day after we release, with a clean state, and people
>are encouraged to propose packages for the next release, with a 
>rationale. We then start reviewing them, and uploading the ones that
>are suitable.
>When we hit Feature Freeze REVU is closed, and all packages are 
>archived, with a message saying something like "Your package did not
>make it this time, try again next cycle".
>Yes, new packages are sometimes accepted after Feature Freeze, so we
>could extend the deadline somewhat, or just have alternative 
>arrangements for those special cases.
>What do you think?
I'm in favor of cleaning the slate at release time.  Personally, I'd be 
good with archiving everything not updated for Jaunty.  I think RainCT's 
original proposal is a bit gentler and I'm OK with that.

I don't think freezing REVU is a good idea.  It does get post-FF use.  
Perhaps at FF we could change the color of the U/I to red or some such and 
add a warning?

Scott K

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