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Re: Purposely broken/uninstallable packages in archive

On Wed, Sep 19, 2001 at 03:16:13PM -0800, Ethan Benson wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 19, 2001 at 11:01:24AM -0400, Norbert Veber wrote:
> > packages such as diskless-image-secure, diskless-image-simple, xfsprogs-bf,
> > e2fsprogs-bf should automatically qualify for grave or even critical bugs
> > for breaking your system if installed.
> read the description for xfsprogs-bf and e2fsprogs-bf, your NOT
> SUPPOSED to install them.  we need them for boot-floppies.  
> with at least the -bf packages the user has to explicity type `yes
> please wreck my system' or something like that into apt before it will
> proceed, if they are that determined to shoot thier own foot, let them.

If its not to be installed, it should not be in the archive.  This is like
going to a restaurant and being told not to eat a certain dish under any
circumstances because you'll get food poisoning.. :)

Clearly these pacakges are 'data' files, and should be treated as such. 
They could just as easily be .tar files (or any format, including .deb) 
inside of an INSTALLABLE .deb..



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