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Re: Upgrading apt from Corel to Debian potato: success!

On Thu, Feb 24, 2000 at 05:24:28PM -0500, James A. Treacy wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 24, 2000 at 10:41:42PM +0100, Richard Braakman wrote:
> > On Wed, Feb 23, 2000 at 05:59:14PM -0500, James A. Treacy wrote:
> > > On Wed, Feb 23, 2000 at 01:24:54PM +0100, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> > > > 
> > > Yes, that is the right way to do it, but since we have little influence
> > > over Corel, another approach may be needed.
> > 
> > I think this would set a very bad precedent.  Spinoff distributions are
> > fine, but it should be _their_ job to keep up with _us_, not the other
> > way around.  We'd quickly find ourselves mired in conflicting technical
> > requirements if we tried that.
> > 
> It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If they are screwing
> themselves, then we let them. If they screw up and we want to allow
> users to easily upgrade to Debian proper, then it is up to us to
> make changes. If we don't care to let users upgrade to real Debian
> easily, then I agree we should do nothing.

We should care to let users upgrade to real Debian easily but in a separate
project, not part of the distribution (corel-upgrade.sh anybody?).  I agree
with Richard on this: it will create a very bad precedent and it should not
be part of the official Debian Release. It's already hard to check all
upgrading path for Debian only, don't make it worse by patching for other
spin-off, except if it's easily feasible.

BTW, the corel subdir on corel site is very badly done, not even having
a Source.gz to parse and with a lot of replace Debian packages with still
the same name, just to make thing more complicate. Stormix seems to take
more care about this. Does someone can comment?

> -- 
> James (Jay) Treacy
> treacy@debian.org

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