In article <Pine.LNX.3.95q.970219084417.11776Femail@example.com>
>On Mon, 17 Feb 1997, Ian Jackson wrote:
>> How did we manage to get into the situation where an arguably
>> badly-designed piece of software became so quickly and with so
>> little discussion wired into the guts of Debian's package
>> management so deeply that we can't change it ?
> Could you please be specific in what ways "debmake" is badly
Could you be specific as to the ways in which debmake was designed at
all ? What I have seen of the code, the implementation, and the
discussion on this list suggest strongly to me that it began life as a
quick-and-easy aid to your (Christoph's) personal package development,
and that it has had bits of extra functionality bolted on from there
on in. There's nothing wrong with that; a tool for one's own personal
use doesn't require much design. A tool for the use of hundreds of
developers does, and I'm afraid I don't see in debmake the degree of
careful thought that went into dpkg, dpkg-source et al.
>> I think its design and programming interface are poor, and can only
>> be fixed incompatibly. I think its implementation is poor, and
>> that this is best fixed by having it rewritten by someone else.
> Huh? The vote of no confidence? One thing I really enjoy about how
> leaders in the Debian Project appreciate the work done by others.
There is no point in expressing appreciation of work one does not
consider good work.
Owen `Stribethssonsson' Dunn
`Who will catch me when you fall?'
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