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Bug#727708: Both T and L are wrong, plea for something simpler

On Fri, Feb 07, 2014 at 10:13:52PM +0100, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 07, 2014 at 11:04:12AM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> > "Didier 'OdyX' Raboud" <odyx@debian.org> writes:
> > 
> > > Back then, the gnome maintainers added a dependency on another package,
> > > which happened to be providing an /sbin/init. This was allowed by the
> > > Debian Policy of the time as well as by the Debian archive. The
> > > maintainers of the Policy maintainers haven't tried to rule on this at
> > > all since then. How is this matter now magically taken off the Policy
> > > maintainers' hands (while it _is_ a matter of Policy) and become a
> > > matter for the technical committee?
> > 
> It would be nice that other members from the policy tean could
> agree to that.

The policy maintainers job is to maintain the policy document, not
to adjudicate conflicts. 

We can offer advice whether some practice is compliant with the policy
document, but that is about it. We do not have more authority to report RC bug
than any other DD.

The policy document does not cover every issue. It is restricted to situation
when there is a consensus to pick one possible implementation and to codify
in policy.

Whether the policy allows or not gnome to depend on non-default /sbin/init is a
side issue until we know what the default init is going to be.


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