This is not working [for me]

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at
Sun Mar 1 23:49:24 UTC 2015

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Albert Astals Cid <aacid at> wrote:
> I don't know how to fix it, I am not even sure what's wrong, but this was

Hi Albert,

> supposed to be a release team, and to me it seems that it's me being the bad
> guy and everyone else just pushing in for their own agenda.

You're not the bad guy here. We've got a few things going in now which
seem to be awfully rushed.

> Of course this may be my own perception of the thing, but it's affecting my
> mood and willigness to work on stuff so I decided it made sense to bring it
> up.

Thanks for doing so, it certainly needs to be done.

Having repositories split without proper time for review, new releases
of dependencies needing to be rushed out and other outstanding issues
unresolved right before the freeze kicks in is unacceptable.

> Some days this week i really wanted to step down for 15.04 but at the end i
> convinced myself it's too close and I don't want to leave anyone with no floor
> to stand on.
> But we need to make this work better for my sanity for 15.08 otherwise I'm
> out.
> Does anyone have any magic solution?

I'd suggest stronger dependency controls - ie. explicitly saying that
KDE Applications releases can only depend on released versions of
Frameworks/Qt itself. Having a deadline of two weeks prior to freeze
for new applicants to join might help as well. Miss the deadline, and
you miss out on this cycle.

And that doesn't mean rushing the Framework through review on that
side either... Frameworks should be properly released - and have to
meet the criteria, including depending only on other Frameworks (as
permitted by their place in the tier structure).

We could enforce this if necessary by forcing CI builds to hard-fail
if the specified dependencies violate the guidelines. The new
iteration of the dependency metadata might not even permit certain
dependency structures - such as Frameworks depending on something
which is not a Framework/Qt.

For the record, i'm unhappy about the Dolphin split situation (the
repository split is of questionable quality and I suspect will have to
be redone once a proper review is conducted) as well as how
Baloo/KPeople has been handled as a Framework for Telepathy (being
optional is irrelevant, it's a dependency and doesn't meet the

Both were rushed, and regardless of the code quality, rushing things
leads to quality and review being compromised and places pressure on
the people who look after other aspects of the system.

> Cheers,
>   Albert


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