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Re: Please review for backport the issue #3275 changes (Was: Re: 1.5.5 next Wednesday (12/17))

From: Hyrum K. Wright <hyrum_wright_at_mail.utexas.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 09:42:23 -0600

Mark Phippard wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 10:21 AM, C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net> wrote:
>> Konstantin Kolinko wrote:
>>> 2008/12/16 Hyrum K. Wright <hyrum_wright_at_mail.utexas.edu>:
>>>> Hyrum K. Wright wrote:
>>>> Status update: still on track for rolling 1.5.5 tomorrow.
>>> Will the fix for issue #3275 be included in 1.5.5?
>>> It is a P1 one.
>> I agree that this is an important bugfix. Unfortunately, if we don't get
>> other eyes on it soon, it will not be included in the release.
> I do not think we should do the release until all of the issues in
> STATUS are cleared. I do not mean that as a general policy statement,
> just that of the bugs that are still in STATUS, several of them are P1
> nature. The --reintegrate bug fix goes a long way towards solving the
> #1 problem with the 1.5 release. I cannot see why we would do another
> bug fix release without this fix now that it exists.

If you want specific revisions in the next patch release, then encourage people
to review the items in STATUS.

The entire point of doing time-based releases (patch or feature) is that we can
just release what we've got when the time hits. There are always exceptions to
the rule, but I think they should be few and far between. We need to think hard
before making them. If developers (myself included) aren't willing to review
items which have a known impact to our user base, we've got deeper issues at
play, and no amount of postponement will fix them.

It's been no secret for the *last month* that 1.5.5 was rolling on 12/17. The
reintegrate improvements branch was nominated on 12/2, two weeks ago. I find it
difficult to believe that postponing the release an indefinite amount of time
will speed review, when nothing has happened on that item in the past two weeks.
 (To the contrary, actually, I find that hard release dates actually encourage
increased review.)

In the end, I'm just a reflection of the community, and enough people say "hold
the release", I'll do so. But know that I'm taking that action under protest. :)


PS - Mark, nice to see you've got power back.


Received on 2008-12-16 16:42:52 CET

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