[arch-general] About user signoffs

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Tue Jul 14 13:17:09 EDT 2009

Denis A. Altoé Falqueto schrieb:
> Hi all.
> I would like to know how can we, common and lay users, give signoffs
> on the packages that we use in testing. I know that arch-public-dev is
> read only for non developpers and I would like to help too. Can we
> send the signoffs in this list?

Yes please, do so whenever you can. Generally, you can reply to any 
thread on arch-dev-public as long as you send the reply to arch-general 
and personally, I appreciate such input.

About signoffs: Usually, the most important thing is that there is no 
apparent breakage in the package, like a corrupted tarball or a binary 
that won't even run. So if you use some a tool and its basic 
functionality works, you can assume that you can sign off.

However, it is even worth more if it is about a package that has exotic 
features which you use. Telling us that a rarely used exotic feature 
still works as expected tells us a great deal about whether a package 
has been broken or not.

Another thing is that there's some packages in core which no developers 
use, but which must stay in core. One example is the new Intel 4965 
ucode, which I don't have a single signoff for. For such small packages, 
user signoffs are vital (otherwise we must move those packages untested).

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