[Debian-med-packaging] Bug#512371: Please allow biofox 1.1.5-1 in Lenny.

Thijs Kinkhorst thijs at debian.org
Tue Jan 27 14:11:04 UTC 2009

On Tue, January 27, 2009 14:55, Charles Plessy wrote:
> I was thinking that changes like the one I made would be accepted until
> "Deep freeze", since this is the only planned change of unblock policy
> that was announced:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/12/msg00006.html

Perhaps you misunderstood what the "regular freeze" means. It is the
stated policy of the release team that only release critical & important
bugfixes, release goals, translation and documentation updates qualify for
a freeze exception under the regular freeze. The deep freeze tightens this
list more. Hence, this change has in principle already not been acceptable
for freeze exceptions since months, although of course in individual cases
the release managers could have decided that they would allow that case

To me it's crystal clear that changes to something as fundamental as the
package build system without a concrete bug to address, are not
appropriate in the end of a release cycle; rather, something to be done at
the beginning.

As I understand it the best gain this change in the debhelper
compatibility level at this point could bring us, is that the package
builds just as well as with the existing level. So why did you do that now
instead of after the freeze?


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