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Re: woody release task needs help: package priorities

Bastian Blank <waldi@debian.org> writes:
> On Sat, May 12, 2001 at 03:46:13AM -0400, Adam Di Carlo wrote:
> >   rcs           few use it
> replace it with cvs

rcs and cvs solve very different problems.  They are by no means
equivalent, and I use both, and I know lots of people who use both on a
regular basis.  Replacing it with cvs is silly.  Removing it because 'few
use it' seems wrong.  Making cvs 'standard' in addition to cvs might have
some merit.

> >   vacation      why standard?
> >   fingerd       not very secure for baseline
> >   ftpd          not very secure for baseline
> >   lpr           not very secure for baseline, poss use lprng?

These fall, IMHO, under the /important/ description:

   Important programs, including those which one would expect to find on any
   Unix-like system. If the expectation is that an experienced Unix person who
   found it missing would say `What on earth is going on, where is foo?', it
   must be an important package. [4] Other packages without which the system
   will not run well or be usable must also have priority important. This does
   not include Emacs, the X Window System, TeX or any other large
   applications. The important packages are just a bare minimum of
   commonly-expected and necessary tools.

Experienced UNIX people [not necessarily experienced Debian people] will
become confused and critical when somethinglike the above are missing.

> why a print daemon? most user doesn't need such service

A lot of people rate being able to print as very important part of using a

> >   talk          rather obsolete, but debatable
> >   talkd         not very secure for baseline
> >   telnetd       not very secure for baseline

see above.

> wenglish                      I think it is only usefull with dict

No, it has nothing to do with dict.  I believe this is the package that
provides /usr/share/dict/words, which has been around on UNIX systems [as
/usr/dict/words] since before many developers were born.  [see above...]


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