Remove approval requirement for trunk?

Gervase Markham gerv at
Thu Aug 27 23:33:43 UTC 2015

I'd like to propose we remove the approval requirement for trunk.

LpSolit said the last time he can remember anyone a-minusing a patch for
trunk was where the feature wasn't actually wanted, and no-one had
bothered to point this out, and it was quite a few years ago.

If we instead had some sort of last resort "the project lead can request
a backout of a trunk feature if he decides it's not actually wanted"
power, and expect that power to be used about once every 5 years, would
that be enough to eliminate this extra bureaucratic step?

The one exception, I suggest, would be for patches which touch the DB,
which can not be so easily backed out. Those would continue to require
approval from an approver.

Approval would also remain in place for stable branches, where approvers
are supposed to weigh the importance of the patch against the risk to

What do you all think?

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