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Re: make check is broken (again) - patch testing seeming to taking more

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: make check is broken (again) - patch testing seeming to taking more of my time than I like
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 13:13:50 +0100
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Dan Eble <address@hidden> writes:

> On Oct 27, 2019, at 14:06, Werner LEMBERG <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> I have no idea why the problem is only being discussed instead of
>>> fixed, but I'll revert
> I can't speak for anyone else, but in my case, inaction was mainly due
> to expecting affirmation from a more senior contributor.

It's always good to spell out expectations.  We might have had too many
of those implicit expectations conflict and lead to deadlock.

> Even having that, being away from home all weekend would have
> prevented me from taking any action.
> I don't refer to the CG as much as I probably should, but having
> looked at section 3.4.10 recently, I'll say that if you want people to
> take swifter action on their own in cases like this, it might help to
> revise this very cautionary language:
>> Please do not try breaking out from it by adding fixes on top of
>> staging: in that case the whole sequence will end up in master after
>> all, defeating the purpose of the system. The proper fix usually
>> involves rewriting the staging branch and is best left to core
>> developers after discussion on the developer list.

That's for the case of a broken staging not passing the automated test
procedures.  It does not apply to a broken master.

David Kastrup

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