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Re: Backporting ikiwiki

On Sun, 10 Jan 2016, Vincent Bernat wrote:

>  ❦ 10 janvier 2016 17:01 +0100, Alexander Wirt <formorer@debian.org> :
> >> > The .deb of ikiwiki in testing/unstable is installable on stable, and I
> >> > intend to keep that true (it doesn't contain any compiled code, so there
> >> > are no ABI issues). My own "production" ikiwiki installation uses
> >> > ikiwiki from unstable on an otherwise stable/backports system, and I
> >> > test new ikiwiki versions that way before uploading them to unstable.
> >> > 
> >> > My understanding had been that the backports ftp-masters prefer not to
> >> > have rebuilt software included in backports if the .deb in testing could
> >> > just have been installed on stable without recompilation, which is true
> >> > here.
> >> 
> >> Okay.  If that's the policy then a backport would indeed be
> >> inappropriate.
> > Thats a guideline, not a strict policy. If the package is interesting enough,
> > we will happily accept it in backports. I would say ikiwiki is one of
> > them. 
> This is an odd guideline. How should such a package be installed? By
> adding a testing sources.list and taking the risk of pulling unwanted
> dependencies from testing (unless the user is comfortable with pining)?
> Manually retrieving the .deb and installing it with dpkg (how to get
> updates)? How a user would know if a package from testing is suitable to
> use in stable?
it it is some obscure game, we won't accept it. Been there, done that.


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