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Re: Parsing package filenames (was: Re: New ftp method for dselect)

bruce@pixar.com (Bruce Perens) said:

> From: Bill Mitchell <mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com>
> > Personally, I also think we'll be better off if we bite the bullet and
> > try to maintain as much backwards compatability as we can with current
> > package naming usage than if we fall into a pattern of blowing off
> > backwards compatability issues in the interest of implementor convenience.
> What programs are we talking about being compatible with? Not dselect or
> dpkg, which don't care about the filename. I'd hazard that dchanges would
> be easy to fix. Dftp would ask for the feature, as would the dselect
> FTP method.

Yes, dchanges should be easy to change if naming conventions change.

> Am I missing something?

I didn't have specific programs in mind, actually.  I was thinking
in the general sense.  In a slightly specific sense, a change in package
naming conventions which is not backwards compatable with current
naming conventions might have substantial impact on any 2nd-generation
mirrors (and those 1st-generation mirrors which don't make special
arrangements to mitigate the impact) and/or might impact anyone
who has implemented package-naming sensitive local scripts for
whatever local-concern reason, working from our published packaging
guidelines and/or from inspection of our package naming patterns.

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