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Re: bypassing the patch countdown

From: Trevor Daniels
Subject: Re: bypassing the patch countdown
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 23:26:48 -0000

Graham Percival wrote Wednesday, December 07, 2016 10:34 PM

> We instituted the policy of patch countdowns and Patchy after the
> lengthy wait for 2.14.0, which was due to a large number of
> regression bugs due to patches which either broke the compile, or
> broke previously-working output.
> However, even after that, I still pushed some commits directly to
> staging, bypassing the countdown.  Obviously I did this for
> updating the VERSION when making a release, but I also did it for
> a few typo fixes as well.
> Is this still an accepted practice?

It is.  But as a minimum it must have been tested locally with
a build or (partial) doc build, or passed the automated tests 
before pushing to staging.  Of course significant changes still
need to go through countdown.


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