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Re: broken deps at beginning of rawhide report?

On Sun, 2008-03-02 at 03:53 -0700, Alex Lancaster wrote:
> I wonder if the formatting of the rawhide reports could be altered
> slightly to show the broken deps *first* before the list of new and
> updated packages?  This way the current state of the brokenness (or
> otherwise) of rawhide is more obvious to all maintainers, currently
> you have to scroll to the end of the report to see it.
> I'm aware that individual maintainers get separate nagmail whenever
> they have a broken package in the rawhide repo, but the reverse is not
> necessarily true.  That is, a maintainer that updates a package that
> breaks a downstream dependent package isn't necessarily aware of the
> extent of the breakage caused.  Having the broken deps up-front would
> hopefully work somewhat against that tendency.
> It would also allow at-a-glance the general state of rawhide and
> hopefully motivate maintainers to think about the distro as a whole
> and keep the list of broken deps as short as possible.  (Maybe also
> include a diff on whether the length of deps has increased or
> decreased since the last rawhide?)  I'm aware that sometimes there is
> a large (but transient) breakage across the distro, but also there
> appear to be packages that have persisted for several weeks without
> being fixed and seeing the same broken package week after week in the
> report might motivate others to fix it (I know it has for me in the
> past).
> Getting the broken deps list shortened is especially necessary given
> the upcoming alpha freeze.
> Alex

I think this is a great idea. Since the focus of the report will be on
fixing broken deps.



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