Category Archives: Release-Team

On making Britney smarter

Updating Britney often makes our life easier. Like: smooth-updates (winter 2011) Adam’s accidental upgrade of the original auto-hinter[1] (winter 2012) A non-leaking installability tester (winter 2013) Fix non-determinism of easy-hinted smooth updatable packages (summer 2014) Support for non-hinted multi-item migrations … Continue reading

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The stretch freeze is coming

The soft freeze has been on going for almost a month now and the full stretch freeze will start tomorrow night (UTC).  It has definitely been visible in the number of unblock requests that we have received so far.  Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Piuparts integration in britney

As of today, britney now fetches reports from piuparts.debian.org and uses it as a part of her evaluation for package migration.  As with her RC bug check, we are only preventing (known) regressions from migrating. The messages (subject to change) … Continue reading

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Stretch transition freeze in a month

It is the first of October and that means the transition freeze is roughly one month away (Nov 5th 2016). In other words, this is the “final boarding call for transitions”.   Other milestone dates: If you want new packages … Continue reading

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mips64el added to Debian testing

Today, we have completed our first Britney run with mips64el enabled in testing.  🙂 At the current time, the set of packages in mips64el are not very connected (and you probably cannot even install build-essential yet[1]). Hopefully this will change … Continue reading

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Another Britney patchset

I just submitted another patch series to improve Britney for review.  If accepted, they will probably be merged into master within 2 weeks. The changes this time are probably most exciting for people that run/maintain Britney.  Key highlights include: Britney … Continue reading

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Easter patching of Britney

I decided to take a couple of days of vacation next to Easter and obviously ended up with tons of time.  I ended up channelling most of the (productive) time into improving Britney. In raw results: I wrote about 35 … Continue reading

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