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Bug#727708: init system coupling etc.

Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:

> [loose coupling]
>    Software outside of an init system's implementation may not require
>    a specific init system to be pid 1, although degraded operation is
>    tolerable.
>    Maintainers are encouraged to accept technically sound patches
>    to enable improved interoperation with various init systems.

I agree with you that this is an important issue which needs to be
resolved within the Debian project. I also want to make it clear that I
support the goal of having the project provide a clear policy statement
about this issue in the short term.

The discussions held within the context of the default init bug were
fruitful, and without rancor, which makes me hopeful that the project
membership can drive this issue to consensus in the near future through
the usual policy editing process. As such I'd like to amend this
proposed ballot with an additional option:

 * The TC chooses to not pass a resolution on this issue at the current time.

This is different from FD as it says the TC will not continue
discussions on this issue, although it could well restart them if the
people involved in the policy editing process come to an impasse. It's
also different from 'T' in that it will allow us to revisit this in the
future without needing to overturn a previous decision.

I understand your desire to forestall potential future conflict by
proactively voting this issue, but given the progress already made, I
don't feel like the TC needs to step in now.

Thank you for your consideration.


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