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Re: Packages removed from frozen

>>"Anthony" == Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:

 Anthony> Packages that inherently can't be built that way, should
 Anthony> obviously just be packaged, with a circular
 Anthony> build-dependency, and ideally a README.Porters or something
 Anthony> to help new dists get the package ported.

 Anthony> I don't see where special dispensation comes into it though.

        The special dispensation is a mechanism I was attempting to
 borrow from the virtual package file: when you need a virtual
 package, you ask on -policy, and the package you name is added to the
 virtual package file.

        Asking for dispensation for circular build depends was
 (perhaps a poor) attempt to ensure that people don't just declare a
 self build depends out of sloth; and to ensure that the packages
 properly get marked as potentially dangerous

        We do need some mechanism where the circular build
 dependencies, at least the short looped ones, are recorded, not just
 for porters, but for the extremely security conscious. This is
 espescially true for compilers (which has been the overwhelming
 example of a class of package that reuires a circular dependency).
 I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a
 week sometimes to make it up. Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad"
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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