Policy wrt Important (was Re: dc and bc in Important?)
OK, then I suspect the policy is at fault. (BTW, I checked it out and
I did find dc and bc on SunOS -- I had not known these programs were
on other OSs.)
By the current definition of Important:
* Sendmail should be there instead of smail since people expect
* dpkg-dev should not be there since no experienced user of another
Unix would expect it
* lilo should not be there because lilo is not part of UNIX
* gcc should be in Important because everybody expects a C compiler
* libc5-dev should be there because everybody expects working
* make should be there, I expect a working make in any Unix
* lpr should be there, it is standard with just about any Unix
* netbase and netstd should both be there, they are standard
* csh/tcsh should be there (again, standard on various Unices)
* The list goes on...
Basically, it seems that this policy doesn't quite apply correctly.
James Troup <J.J.Troup@comp.brad.ac.uk> writes:
> John Goerzen <email@example.com> writes:
> > It seems to me that dc and bc aren't vital to the workings of a
> > system (when I deselect them, dselect doesn't warn about any
> > dependencies), yet they are in Important. Why?
> Because they match the first definition of Important in Policy (see
> below). When I released my first version of bc/dc I downgraded them
> to Optional by mistake and someone complained; that's obviously one
> person who agrees with me. Does anyone else think bc/dc should be
> downgraded? (If so, why?)
> ``Important programs, including those which one would expect to find
> on any Unix-like system. If the expectation is that an experienced
> Unix person who found it missing would go `What the F*!@<+ is going
> on, where is foo', it should be in important. This is an important
> criterion because we are trying to produce, amongst other things, a
> free Unix.'' (220.127.116.11 of debian-policy 18.104.22.168)
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