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Re: less packages [was Re: From debianplanet]

On Mon, Jan 28, 2002 at 05:53:35PM -0500, Sean Middleditch wrote:
> On Mon, 2002-01-28 at 16:26, Will Lowe wrote:
> > Depends on what you mean by "fewer".  If you mean "find ones nobody's
> > maintainging properly and axe them", I'd agree.  If you mean
> > "eliminate redundancy", I'd disagree -- I value the fact that Debian
> > has 18 versions of /usr/bin/vi!
> Yes, but having to handle each of these 18, fix bugs in them them, and
> let the obsure, 3 user version of vi hold up/slow down the release of
> Woody is retarded.

Really, though, they don't slow things down all that much. If they have
release-critical bugs when the time comes, they'll just be dropped.
What's primarily holding things up at the moment is the few packages
that we *need* to release with still being buggy.

The hundreds of buggy non-essential packages don't particularly help
matters, sure, but people always focus far more rant-energy on them than
they deserve.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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