Re: libc6 policy in unstable
> > Yes, they should be. When do we remove all the non-libc6 packages, though?
> I'm not entirely certain I see why we need to remove libc5 packages from
> the system for Debian 2.0. While I agree that the primary packages should
> really be glibc, I don't see how a few lib5 packages are going to hurt the
Well, they won't hurt much, but they would:
- make memory usage less favourable (if you're running a mix of
libc5/libc6 binaries, you'll have both in memory).
- make Debian look less attractive (We wouldn't appear in the
list of distributions that are fully libc6).
As more-or-less automatic compilation of packages is now possible,
we could always (at some point) just write a script and automatically
convert all remaining libc5 packages to libc6 -- the ones that don't
compile obviously have bugs in them, that can then be reported, thus
forcing the maintainer to do something about it. But I don't think there
will be many of those packages.
joost witteveen, firstname.lastname@example.org
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