On Thu, 1 May 1997, Chris Fearnley wrote:
> >The program I would like to package is ircii-EPIC3.004. This presents me
> >with a bit of confusion concerning the numbering system. This is a
> >'hacked' irc client, an offshoot of the main development, that happens to
> >work quite well.
> Another option is to get the upstream to incorporate patches that make
> the EPIC changes run-time options to the standard ircii. I think you
> should hold off on uploading this package until the upstream ircii
> maintainers accept the changes.
At this point, if anything, the two programs are taking more, if not less,
divergent paths, and while I believe the main ircii has incorporated
several changes from EPIC, I don't think they are close to merging. I
personally prefer the features and stability of EPIC, and think it is
better than the original. As far as uploading it, I'm not an official
Debian developer yet, so, I can't:-). I was working on this package as it
is of interest to me, and it is not critical, making it a nice intro to
the debian packaging system.
> Really, how many versions of ircii or bash or gcc should Debian have?
> Let's not confuse our users with too many choices (we have enough
That's not for me to decide, but I would like to share my efforts with
others. Maybe 'contrib' would be better suited? As far as irc clients,
Debian already has ircii, 3 bitchx packages, zircon, and xirc to boot.
Maybe one more is too many, but in this case, am I to just keep this
package to myself?
> In sum, try to merge the offshoot with the main development.
Unfortunately, this isn't going to happen any time soon in this case.
As far as naming it, I guess the only solution is to call it irciiepic,
even though it's ugly.
Thanks for your help,
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