List of dependencies to backport

git diff between last version in fasttrack and current master HEAD of debian/control can be used to find the dependencies that needs backport when updating gitlab to a newer version.

Example git diff debian/12.2.9-5..HEAD debian/control

From the diff, update the task tracker (For example, with a todo list.

How to backport a dependency

Add your name next to a package to backport to reserve it (to avoid duplication).

The steps to backport a dependency is documented in salsa wiki

Where to upload a dependency

  1. If a dependency satisfies the requirements/criteria for official backports (already in testing), then it should be uploaded to official backports.
  2. If that package needs to clear backports-new, then it can be also uploaded to fasttrack/buster-backports temporarily, to avoid waiting. Once the package is accepted into official backports, it should be removed from fasttrack.
  3. If a package is not in testing (blocked by transition or freeze), it could be uploaded to fasttrack/buster-backports .
  4. If a package is in NEW for a long time or needed for a security fix, it can also be uploaded to fasttrack/buster-backports.
  5. A package should be uploaded to buster-fasttrack only in case the package cannot be in testing permanently due to short release cycle.

If a package dependency is not yet in stable/backports

  1. Backport the dependency.
  2. Build the current package by passing the dependency in --extra-package option.
  3. The package and all the (build) dependencies which are not in stable/backports should be uploaded to backports.