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Bug#727708: init system discussion status

Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> writes:
>> I've written a version of Niklaus's rule about dependencies:

Just for the record, my suggestion was to include language that
regulates dependencies on the init system, but I do not have any
preferences whether they should be allowed or forbidden.

>>    Likewise, packages must not Depend on or Recommend (directly or
>>    indirectly) a specific init(1).  Violations of this are also an RC
>>    bug in jessie.
>> And:
>>    Theses rules do not apply to machinery which itself forms part of
>>    the implementation of one or more init systems.
>> That seems to be the clearest way to put the matter.
> This seems fine to me, at least for right now.  I'm doing a bit of
> additional research right now to be sure that I understand the
> implications of this and may end up asking for any problems that anyone is
> aware of with this approach, just to be sure we're not missing
> something.

Well, we may end up in a somewhat paradoxical situation where Debian
comes with packages for alternate init systems, but at the same time
cannot package any utilities specifically designed for them -- unless
they are included in the alternate init package itself.


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