[CentOS-devel] testing / qa process

Karanbir Singh mail-lists at karan.org
Fri Oct 13 09:50:18 UTC 2006

Dear centos-devel'ers,

We have a problem that needs fixing.

The strategy to release testable rpms to dev.centos.org, then request 
feedback and move the rpms to stable, when we have enough positive - 
isnt working. We're not getting that feedback, either positive or 
negative. End result is that we have packages going stale and now some 
of those packages need updates in themselves. Looking at the logs, I can 
assure you that people are using those packages, just not telling us 
anything about them.

There is one chain of though, that such request based qa process's dont 
work and have been tried by other Open Source projects before and not 
really had much of a success rate.

Now, there are a few options and alternative process's that I've been 
thinking about, but rather than throw that out here, I'd really like to 
see what everyone on this list thinks and what options / process's / 
workaround's we might be able to come up with here.

So the issue :

The CentOS Project provides packages in addition to the packages from 
RH's sources. We need to ensure that these packages are tested in a user 
environment for a while, and only released to the public via the 
mirror.centos.org network once there is some reasonable surety as to the 
functional and bugs situation with the package.

ideas / comments / noise welcome..

Karanbir Singh : http://www.karan.org/ : 2522219 at icq

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