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Bug#727708: init system coupling etc.

Adrian Bunk <bunk@stusta.de> writes:
> On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 09:56:42AM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:

>>     All packages should support
>>     smooth upgrades from wheezy to jessie, including upgrades done on a
>>     system booted with sysvinit.

> This sounds like a statement by the TC that smooth upgrades from wheezy
> to jessie will only be optional and that it is OK[1] for a package to
> not support that.

Three observations to that:

* This is technical advice.  I think it is inappropriate to use wording
  stronger than "should" in technical advice.

* This is explicitly not a maintainer override of anyone, which obviously
  includes the release team (even assuming that the TC could override the
  release team, which I don't believe it can given that the release team's
  authority flows from the DPL via delegation).  The release team sets the
  policy for RC bugs, not the TC.

* This is technical advice, not technical policy, and therefore obviously
  does not override what Policy already says.

If there is an alternative wording that fits those constraints that people
would prefer, I'm certainly happy to consider it for incorporation into my
proposed amendment.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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