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Re: Unidentified subject!

Matthew Bailey <mbailey@cps.cmich.edu> said:

> I don't know if this is a good news or bad news.
> but I think there is a big misunderstanding about debian-0.93 and debian-1.0
> I really forsee the need to do this
> debian-0.93
> release -> debian-0.93
> development/debian-1.0
> development/trial-packages (or some such instead of inside private/project)

Perhaps this is part of the problem:

-rw-r--r--  1 10000  debian    2982 Oct 27 02:55 README.DEBIAN
drwxrwxr-x  6 10000  debian     512 Nov 17 04:36 debian-0.93
lrwxrwxr-x  1 10000  debian      11 Nov 17 04:55 debian-0.93R6 -> debian-0.93
drwxrwxr-x  6 10000  debian     512 Nov 17 04:36 debian-1.0
lrwxrwxr-x  1 10000  debian      10 Nov 17 04:55 development -> debian-1.0

DEBIAN.README predates the 0.93 vs. 1.0 split, and there's no info in
there about what the difference between 0.93 and 1.0 is or which is
appropriate to download for what purpose.  The only hint that 1.0 is
bleeding edge is the fact that there's a symlink named "development"
pointing to it.

What's probably happening is that downloaders focusing are in on the
debian-0.93 and debian-1.0 directory names, not considering or
not understanding the intended implications of the naming of the
symlinks pointing to them, and going for what looks like the latest
debian release.  They may be reading README.DEBIAN first, but not
getting any help there.

I think the following rearrangement would help:

1.  Junk the debian-0.93 and debian-1.0 directory names.
2.  Rename debian-0.93 "stable_release" or somesuch.
3.  Rename debian-1.0 "pre_alpha" or somesuch.
4.  Place an INDEX file in /debian.  In that file, provide a
    list of all files and directories in /debian and a short
    explanation of what each file is.  Explain that debian-1.0
    is pre-alpha and not yet well tested in that file.  Send a
    copy of that file, identifying it as the ftp.debian.org:/debian/INDEX
    file to those complaining of problems with debian-1.0.
5.  Have someone assigned by name to maintain (4).
6.  Have someone assigned by name to maintain README.DEBIAN.
7.  Have someone assigned by name to maintain whatever else needs
8.  Remove unmaintained items from the distribution site.

However, items 1-3 would probably kick off another round of mirroring

OK, instead of items 1 thru 3, just delete the "debian-0.93R6"
and "development" symlinks, and do a really good job with item 4.

Also, place (maintained) README and INDEX files at the top level of the
debian-0.93 and debian-1.0 trees.  Also perhaps place file named something
like "THIS_IS_UNRELEASED_PRE-ALPHA_MATERIAL" at the top level of
the debian-1.0 tree.

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