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Re: wterm in potato

On Mon, Feb 21, 2000 at 01:16:31PM +0300, Alexey Vyskubov wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 21, 2000 at 06:18:42PM +1100, Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> > All that's needed is proper perspective about bug severity. A bug that
> > affects a minority of users
> There is a big problem in Debian: those seven-bit-speaking developers 
> don't mind about others. "Minority", you said? :) Of course, USA + Great
> Britain + Australia is much bigger than, e.g.,  China and Russia :))
> Well, it's a good policy to make Debian English-only distribution.
> TurboLinux and SuSE will satisfy others.

Alexey, I don't mean any disrespect for your position. Obviously it
is frustrating that wterm is not 8-bit clean and is no use to you.
It should definately be fixed at the first opportunity. But I don't think
we should remove it because it's not useful to you, because it works
just fine for some of our users.

You see, removing it doesn't benefit you and doesn't benefit them.
Leaving it in doesn't benefit you, but does benefit them. So which is
better? Leave it in. Make a big note about how it's not 8-bit clean.

The other solution for a release-critical package is to wait for it
to be fixed (instead of removing it). I gather this one's just an rxvt
fork, and that rxvt has these problems solved. So can you use that instead?
If there's an acceptable alternative I think we shouldn't wait -- libc6,
kernel and dpkg are the most obvious things we do have to wait for.

So, it's definately a bug. It's an important bug, even. But it's
not release-critical, in my opinion (only).


Hamish Moffatt VK3SB. CCs of replies on mailing lists are welcome.

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