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Re: Packages removed from frozen

On Mon, Feb 07, 2000 at 10:20:20PM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>         gcc would be something that I would be willing to give special
>  dispensation for - espescially since I know it tests itself on
>  passes 2 and 3. Gcc is, therefore, part of the set of packages we
>  call build essentials.
>         However, this is not a dispensation that should be lightly
>  given. Bootstrapping from scratch should be kept to a bare minimum of
>  preinstalled packages -- the build essentials.

What do you mean "dispensation"? You're trying to add a special rule
that programs can't build-depends themselves, which isn't found or implied
anywhere in the DFSG or Social Contract. In fact, it contradicts the Social
Contract, which says we will support our users.

Do I think bootstrapping compilers is wise? No. But I do think that
it's unfair and foolish for Debian to stop supporting them for 
arbitrary reasons. If Debian has the maintainers to support, there
is no reason not to include them.

David Starner - dstarner98@aasaa.ofe.org
Only a nerd would worry about wrong parentheses with
square brackets. But that's what mathematicians are.
   -- Dr. Burchard, math professor at OSU

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