Bug#844431: Revised patch: Oppose

Bill Allombert ballombe at debian.org
Wed Aug 16 18:40:35 UTC 2017

On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 09:30:23AM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> As Policy Editor (a delegated position), based on my read of project
> consensus including in-person verification of that consensus at DebConf
> 17, I am formally declaring that I believe this change has consensus
> despite your opposition.  We will therefore include this change in the
> next release of Policy.

This is one of the reasons I do not attend DebConf anymore. We are an
online organization. Consultation should happen online. Metting are nice
but they should not be used to vet consensus and ignore absentees.

So I object to Adrian being overriden on that ground.

Now it seems to me this policy proposal is a way to acknowledge the
great work of the reproducible build project. As such it is probably
fine and they amply deserve praise and acknowledgement.

But as a technical document, it is lacking practical recommendation for
maintainers how to make sure their package build reproducibly and create
confusion on the goal by using the term 'reproducible build' when 
'robust build' is meant (which is a worthwile goal by itself, but a
different project nevertheless). 

So I am concerned we are putting the cart before the horse.

Another Policy Editor (a delegated position).
Bill. <ballombe at debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 

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