Re: On packages
Bruce Perens writes:
Bruce> THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON FOR US TO KEEP THE DISTRIBUTION SMALL
Bruce> BY HOLDING BACK PACKAGES. We can keep the number of _required_
No reason to shout here. We started the discussion in private.
Bruce> E. Branderhorst writes:
>> Dirk Eddelbuettel mailed me that he was in doubt if packages like untex
>> (one file) and xypic (a bunch of (la)tex files and fonts) should be in
>> the debian system.
As my name stands here, I'd rather make my point clear. I was discussing
package maintenance with Erick and asked him privately about his views on
those packages. I agreed with those in a mail back to him.
I also agreed with the two fellows that had joined this discussion before:
- it's great to have a core TeX package, core being very loosely emacs, tex,
auctex, xfig, ispell, dvips --- but not every possible CTAN file.
- some clearcut comments on what is desired and what not wouldn't hurt.
Difficult to write though, I guess.
Bruce> Size is not a problem. I would prefer that packages be distributed
Bruce> in a form close to that distributed by the program developer. In
Bruce> other words, if untex is distributed as a single program, it should
Bruce> be packaged that way. The other alternative is a package that is a
Without a manpage? Without doc? Without a copyright note? Nope.
Bruce> DO NOT UPLOAD A PACKAGE WITHOUT A COPYRIGHT FILE IN IT. We'll
See above. Twice.
Bruce> By the way, if you have to hit return a few dozen times when you
Bruce> "mget", are you missing the "prompt" command to FTP?
Or use a wu-ftpd and say 'get directory.tar' or use ncftp and say
'get -R glob*files'