Ruby interpreter transitions

Ruby interpreter transitions are done in phases so that (hopefully) unstable is never broken. Examples of past transitions:

phase 0: the new ruby reaches unstable

phase 1: enable both interpreters in experimental

ruby-defaults gets uploaded telling gem2deb to build for both the old and the new ruby versions.

changes needed in ruby-defaults:

do test rebuilds of all reverse-dependencies. take notes of what breaks, and report bugs with severity important.

open a transition bug against release.debian.org. using the following parameters for ben (the transition tracker tool), where A.B is the old version, and X.Y is the new one:

Affected: .depends ~ /rubyA.B | .depends ~ /rubyX.Y/
Good: .depends ~ /rubyX.Y/
Bad: .depends ~ /rubyA.B/ & !.depends ~ /rubyX.Y/

phase 2: enable both interpreters in unstable, rebuild/fix

tell the release team that you intend to enable builds against the new ruby version in unstable. provide information on which packages still FTBFS with the new Ruby enabled.

wait for an ACK from the release team.

upload the new ruby-defaults to unstable and request binNMU of the packages that you know will build fine against the new ruby (and will not only build against the current default ruby)

packages get rebuilt/fixed with support for both the old ruby and the new ruby

ideally, what needs to fixed has to be fixed in a way that it won't need to be fixed again in the next transition (e.g. harcoded ruby versions need to be removed).

phase 3: new interpreter becomes the default, old one is disabled

changes needed in ruby-defaults:

stage this in experimental first, ask people to test (at least in debian-ruby@lists.debian.org).

in special, test rebuilding all the stuff that links against the current default ruby version and make sure they can be binNMUed when the default really changes.

tell the release team that you intend to switch the default and disable the old interpreter in unstable before doing it; wait for an ACK from them.

upload the new ruby-defaults to unstable

request binNMUs for the packages that build against the default interpreter

phase 4: remove old interpreter