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Re: If Debian wants to grow, let it grow. Or: King James reading Anarchy FAQ

On Tue, Mar 23, 1999 at 01:21 +0100, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 22, 1999 at 07:38:59PM -0500, James LewisMoss wrote:
> > >>>>> On Mon, 22 Mar 1999 14:36:11 +0000, Dave Swegen <dave@recursive.prestel.co.uk> said:
> > 
> >  Dave> If the bible didn't have an asscociated program, IMHO it
> >  Dave> wouldn't go in.  The line has to be drawn somewhere, or else
> >  Dave> the distro (ie main, contrib, non-free and non-US) is going to
> >  Dave> get so utterly humungous as to be scary...
> > 
> > The problem with classifying by something that has a program is that
> > it allows me to format something as a fortune file and include it.
> > That would make it valid.  The 'that which has a program' reasoning
> > seems like not the best method.

Well, as I see it any textfiles/whatever included would have value added as
compared to the versions on the net. So yes, if you formatted a textfile so
it could be read by fortune (or dict etc) then it would go in. This is all
of course MHO, but I haven't seen any better way of determining what should
go into the main distro. As I said, I think the best solution would to put
any non-related text/html files into a separate section, as it could
potentially be massive.

> Right, I see the same problem. Especially, any html or plain ASCII file can
> be processed with many many tools (much more then fortune), and has
> theremore even more reason to be included, right?

Are you honestly telling me that you don't think there is any difference
between a run-of-the-mill textfile and a fortune file, either in content or
functionality? It seems to me you have got the whole thing arse-backwards:
it's not whether there is a program that can read the file (hell, I can
read a fortune file with more), but if the file is formatted to be used by
a program that provides extra functionality beyond just being able to read


         Dave Swegen           | Debian 2.0 on Linux i386 2.2.3
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