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Re: Bug#93255: mozilla-mailnews: It's impossible to uninstall this damn package

On Wed, Apr 11, 2001 at 10:34:22PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> (This is getting kind of off-topic for the bug report ... Cc's trimmed,
> but moving to -devel.)

Thanks, I was going to suggest something like that.  Wasn't to keen on
drawing the mail storm that is -devel though. ;)

> Bah. It's taken long enough for us to shift from /usr/doc to
> /usr/share/doc - a year and a half later and we're still trying to
> convert the last couple of hundred packages. The fewer changes all
> packages have to make the better, especially when it comes to reporting
> bugs; it would be absurd if it were hard to report a bug saying "your
> package doesn't have a bug reporting address". :)

Somewhat cyclic isn't it.  I'm sure though that would be something for
lintan to sort out for new packages.  

Then {evil grin} create a nasty dependancy with bug that requires all
installed packages to comform to the new policy before bug itself can be

> I'd rather that the default state for a Debian package is "it comes from
> Debian". The number of misdirected bugs we get is not all that large,

Doesn't mean it wont get larger.  

> and the effort of redirecting them elsewhere is small. I don't see this
> getting all that much worse in future.

True, but then it deals to this problem....

> I don't think this is a real concern. After all, the maintainer is
> likely to close the bug without much in the way of comment (unless,

This is one that I dislike.  If someone has gone to the effort (well of
course sometimes thats questionable) in filing a bug and the maintainer
turns around and says "not my problem, not even going to inform you why"
it doesn't leave a good taste in my month.  

I realise though that looking at all the RC bugs that remain open for
long periods that's just the way it works sometimes.

> perhaps, as in this case, he's involved with both organizations, but
> that's a special case). Anybody who does choose to help out might just
> as well help out if the question were asked on debian-user.

Unless of course some people prefer not to subscribe to -user because
the traffic volume was hard enough to deal with back in '96.

Anyway, just some comments...


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