Uploading Forks of Ubuntu Packages to Extras

Bhavani Shankar R bhavi at ubuntu.com
Sat Dec 29 05:13:14 UTC 2012

On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM, Stéphane Graber <stgraber at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> On 12/28/2012 06:37 PM, 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
> I can't remember seeing any discussion about this and it's a clear
> violation of what was approved by the Technical Board in regard to the
> extras repository.
> I've removed the lintian package from the ARB PPA and that removal
> should be propagated to the extras archive in the next hour or so.
> I'd appreciate if someone from the ARB could explain what was the
> reasoning behind this upload so that we can make sure whatever problem
> it was trying to address indeed gets addressed but without causing
> problem with the main archive.

/me stepping in for the ARB here as I am directly co-ordinating with
Niels from debian regarding the arb-lintian.

Firstly sorry for the version mismatch that happened. The whole idea
was to integrate arb checks in lintian of which major namespace and
/opt requirement integrated in lintian. Will redirect any lintian
uploads here on to the staging PPA to avoid any problems

Apologies again.


Bhavani Shankar
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