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Re: policy on editor/pager support

Dale Scheetz <dwarf@polaris.net> writes:

> This seems much more complex than necessary. I don't see any reason that
> EDITOR and PAGER can't be guaranteed to exist on the system. (Have the
> base system provide them in /etc/profile)

First the user can unset them.  Second as a matter of policy, programs
should work correctly without lots of environment variables.  We
should keep /etc/profile as small as possible.

> The update-alternatives method requires that the program as permission to
> install itself as the "default", adding additional questions to the
> installation proceedure.

Alternatives are different from mime packages in that there are
built-in priorities.  No questions from the user; update-alternatvies
just keeps the highest priority link.

> It is my feeling that this policy was not discussed in an adequate
> fashion. The fact that it made it into the policy manual without much
> review is troublesome to me. We need a better method for solidifying a
> proposed policy than the one we are using at the moment.

It was discussed extensively here before Ian proposed the current
policy.  Later it was discussed on debian-policy.  We already have a
fine system for solidifying proposed policy.  Developers which are
interested in crafting policy should subscribe to debian-policy.


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