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[opensuse-buildservice] RFC: openSUSE:Dropped project
  • From: Lars Vogdt <lrupp@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 13:06:09 +0100
  • Message-id: <200903041306.10669.lrupp@xxxxxxx>
Hi there

Following the "Package foo needs new maintainer" resp. "Drop request for
package foo" mails on opensuse-packaging for a while. Community members
already asked for more details when a package is dropped from Factory.

So what about creating an "openSUSE:Dropped" project, where people can
find the latest source of a dropped package - and at least can get an
overview about currently dropped packages?

Means:
1) Packager sends drop request internally

2) Project manager agrees => drop package
^^^^^ Same as before.

3) the latest checked in package source (regardless if successful
building or not) is copied into the project openSUSE:Dropped
^^^^^ New - formerly we just moved the source to an internal backup
space and marked it as deleted in PDB.

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4) People can always see, which formerly packages are removed from the
current Factory (and therefore will not be in the next release) looking
at the openSUSE:Dropped repository
5) Interested community packagers can use/copy the latest source from
openSUSE:Dropped

Open questions:
1) Is this idea worth to be implemented?

2) What about packages with security problems? - Publishing should be
disabled for all packages in the openSUSE:Dropped repo. But is this
enough?

3) What to do with undropped packages?
* If a package is maintained by community - regardless of the project -,
should it be removed from openSUSE:Dropped?
* Should it be removed ONLY if the package is in openSUSE:Contrib?

Best solution for 2 (in my eyes) could be:
Community packager wants to maintain a dropped package
=> he builds it in his home-Project
=> he sends a request to the openSUSE:Contrib project
=> openSUSE:Contrib maintainers are also maintainers of openSUSE:Dropped
and can remove the package from openSUSE:Dropped as soon as it is
accepted for openSUSE:Contrib

With kind regards,
Lars
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