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James E Keenan
March 14, 2022 15:28
"non-5.36-blocker" label proposal
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What follows is the rationale for a new label in our issue tracker.

In our GitHub issue queue we use the 'BBC' label to designate tickets 
where a change in blead (the main development branch of Perl) appears to 
have triggered a build or test failure in a CPAN distribution as 
reported by CPANtesters (  The current list of 
open BBC tickets can be found here:

When we receive a new BBC report, we have to categorize the problem in 
one of three ways:

1. A bad change in Perl 5 blead which broke well-formed code in a CPAN 

2. A good change in Perl 5 blead which exposed sub-optimally formed code 
in a CPAN library.

3. Some combination of 1 and 2.

Each category requires its own handling:

1. The onus is on Perl 5 Porters to correct or revert the bad change in 
blead.  The problem should be considered a blocker to the next 
production release of Perl (in this case, 5.36.0).

2. The onus is on the maintainer of the CPAN distribution to adapt the 
code so that it will work with the next production release of Perl.  In 
many cases, P5P contributors will open a bug ticket in that 
distribution's issue tracker and supply a patch to the distribution's 
maintainer.  In this case, we generally do *not* consider the problem to 
be a blocker to the next production release of Perl, though there may be 

3. Again, some combination of approaches 1 and 2 needs to be discussed 
with the CPAN maintainer.

The "BBC" label in GitHub is applied to any BBC ticket that falls into 
any of the three categories above.  However, we lack a way of easily 
spotting those BBC tickets where we have determined that an issue is a 
non-blocker to the next production release.  Hence, I would like to 
create a "non-5.36-blocker" label and apply it to tickets where either 
P5P or the upstream maintainer has agreed that the problem does not 
block 5.36.0.  This label will be for the benefit of the 5.36.0 release 
manager(s) and for people, like myself, who monitor the issue queue for 
QA purposes; everyone else can ignore it.  Any open BBC ticket without a 
"non-5.36-blocker" will be assumed to be a blocker.

Assuming there's no serious objection, I'll create such a label tomorrow 
and review the open BBC tickets for its applicability.  (I'm giving 
advance notice because adding labels willy-nilly is not a good thing.)

Thank you very much.
Jim Keenan

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