Re: Bug#2182: perl shouldn't touch /usr/local
On Fri, 19 Jan 1996 08:25:14 -0800, Daniel Quinlan <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> This seems to be a growing problem with Debian. Maintainers are
> sprucing up packages by adding their *personal* favorite bits of
> code. You may need it, but *I* don't need it.
Dan has a good point here. This is a problem for the additional
reason that it causes things to break when packages are handed off
from one maintainer to another since different package maintainers
have different "*personal* favorite bits of code".
An example of this is fvwm / X (I don't remember exactly which package
was to blame). Recently, the package changed maintainers and all the
fvwmrc's on my system broke because they relied on having
/usr/local/bin in the default path. The most recent maintainer hadn't
bothered to add /usr/local/bin since it was not in the upstream
package sources / config files.
> If you have to add unnecessary files to a package, make another
> package, but don't impose your preferences on everyone. Debian
> maintainers should be adding bug-fixes and nothing else.
Do we have an official policy on this? Of course, one person's
"bug-fix" may be another person's "additiion".