New archive administrators?

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Fri Sep 7 13:54:19 UTC 2012

On Wed, Sep 05, 2012 at 10:48:09PM +0100, Iain Lane wrote:
> Hello [mailing -release@ since ISTR that -archive@ is pretty unread],

Yeah, it gets a lot of bug mail and the like.

> It seems that there are some packages that have stalled in Quantal NEW
> for quite some time. I've seen this being questioned on a couple of
> occasions now. In the interests of coming to a constructive solution,
> do the existing archive administrators think that recruiting one or two
> new members to their ranks would be a welcome solution? Of course they
> would need to be trained, so there will be an initial time investment
> that will hopefully be paid back in reasonable order.

I hadn't realised there was a significant problem here - I thought we
were mostly doing OK.  I just cleared the oldest of the outstanding
stuff with maybe 20 minutes of work, leaving three remaining items.

Now that we have queue admin permissions for ubuntu-release and the
like, the remaining tasks of ubuntu-archive are essentially:

 * NEW processing
 * Removals
 * Resolving things like component-mismatches
 * Processing ~ubuntu-archive/+subscribedbugs
 * Other odds and ends, essentially archive oddities other teams can't

I'm happy to add a couple more volunteers on that basis, although I'd
also like to remove some people who were only added in order that they
could do release or SRU tasks.  Please let me know if you think you're
such a person.

For that matter, Iain, are you interested? :-)

> I happen to know that there are some non-C core developers who would be
> interested — is there any distinction drawn here when appointing new
> AAs?

Not any more.  New AAs (Canonical or not) don't get shell access on the
master archive system, but the need for that is very rare nowadays.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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