Uploading Forks of Ubuntu Packages to Extras

Stéphane Graber stgraber at ubuntu.com
Fri Dec 28 18:02:30 UTC 2012

On 12/28/2012 07:00 PM, Stéphane Graber wrote:
> On 12/28/2012 06:53 PM, Allison Randal wrote:
>> I believe this was an honest mistake. If you follow the discussion on
>> the ARB list, starting at:
>> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/app-review-board/2012-November/002569.html
>> The intention was that the patched version of lintian (currently in
>> Debian experimental) would be uploaded to the
>> ~ubuntu-app-review-contributors PPA, which does *not* get copied to the
>> extras archive. Instead, it was accidentally uploaded to the
>> ~app-review-board PPA, which is automatically launched into extras. This
>> is a violation of ARB policy, and needs to be fixed.
>> So, how do we undo it?
>> Allison
> The package has now been removed from the archive and should disappear
> from the mirror pretty soon.
> The problem is with people who already upgraded to it as it's been
> reported to causing breaks of at least lintian4python.
> Once we're sure the package is completely gone from the
> extras.ubuntu.com mirrors, we should issue an e-mail to
> ubuntu-devel-announce (at Scott's suggestion), telling people to
> "downgrade" to the archive version using "apt-get install
> lintian/quantal-updates".
> We'll also need to ensure that raring will have an higher version number
> by release time.
> The version uploaded to extras was: 2.5.11ubuntu12.10.1
> The version currently in quantal-updates:
> The version currently in raring:
> The version currently in raring-proposed: 2.5.11ubuntu1
> Because of the version number, we'll need to upload something to raring
> that's >= 2.5.11ubuntu12 or we won't have a clean upgrade path from
> 12.10 to 13.04.

Obviously meant >= 2.5.11ubuntu13
(to keep a somewhat "clean" version number)

>> On 12/28/2012 09:37 AM, Scott Kitterman wrote:
>>> The existence of 
>>> http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/l/lintian/lintian_2.5.11ubuntu12.10.1.dsc 
>>> was recently mentioned #ubuntu-devel.  This seems to be in direct 
>>> contradiction of https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AppReviewBoard/Review/Guidelines - in 
>>> particular "Apps should not be forks or updates of existing applications in 
>>> the Ubuntu archive (main/universe/etc). ".  
>>> Who was this discussed with outside the ARB before it was uploaded?   As it 
>>> stands, lintian will be upgraded to this version in any quantal system where 
>>> extras has not been disabled, so it has potential to affect developers that 
>>> have no relation to extras or the ARB.
>>> Scott K

Stéphane Graber
Ubuntu developer

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