On Tue, 20 May 2008 22:36:26 +1000 Allan McRae firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
A large portion of recent updates (~2/3) are only bumped in the pkgrel, i.e. no pkgver update. While I realize some of these will be legitimate rebuilds, it is a bit of a concern to me given nothing major has moved from the testing repo and I don't recognize the packages from bug reports.
I haven't looked at whose packages these are (and at this stage, I honestly don't care), but it seems a reminder about quality control on the packaging front is needed. I don't mean to sound overly grumpy, but this costs users and the mirrors bandwidth as well as giving the few x86_64 using TUs more work.
I would have thought this phenomenon would be a result of quality control, not a lack of it. A pkgrel might be bumped as a result of making a PKGBUILD more standards compliant for example. Anyways, you have a point. It's not nice to to make users download/install the same pkg for only that reason.
Is it still possible to upload a new PKGBUILD without uploading a new binary package so that ABS users get the good stuff? That might be handy.