'temporary' package

Bardur Arantsson spam at scientician.net
Sat May 10 23:41:56 UTC 2014

On 2014-05-10 23:21, James Curbo wrote:
> To add to this remark, Debian has an explicit process for situations
> just like this called Non-Maintainer Uploads (NMUs) which you can read
> about here:
> https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/pkgs.html#nmu
> It seems like having a similar capability within Hackage, or more
> defined policy about when it kicks in, would be a good idea. The way it
> works in Debian, the original maintainer is not stripped of his role and
> a fork is not necessary. NMUs are often only done in extreme cases where
> the changes are small. (extreme breakage of a library, fixing security
> vulnerabilities, and so on)
> Of course, collaborative maintenance helps as well, but ultimately it's
> helpful to have some process to deploy quick fixes in a timely manner.
> James

As usual Debian has encountered and solved all these problems before.
Sounds eminently sensible, so +1 to such a policy change.

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