Re: Work-needing packages report for Sep 6, 2002
On Wed, 11 Sep 2002 16:55, Tomas Pospisek's Mailing Lists wrote:
> On Wed, 11 Sep 2002, Colin Watson wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 11, 2002 at 03:18:38PM +0200, tomas p wrote:
> > > I understand. Which brings me back to the proposition I made before.
> > > Wouldn't it be better to just have some kind of way to _tag_
> > > unmaintained packages, so that f.ex. QA can look at the package and
> > > then just decide: "this is not an important package, we'll not bother
> > > with it" and leave in unstable without paying any more attention to
> > > it. Similary for Junichi Uekawa who could just say: "I'm not building
> > > unmaintained packages".
> > I think we're trying to build a quality distribution, not just a pile of
> > stuff. I'd rather see a package be removed than stop maintaining it even
> > in QA.
> So you'd remove the package, even if people are using it and are that far
> happy with it?
The hypothetical example was given of a package not needing any changes for a
period of 6 years. If a package was useful and didn't need maintaining then
some developer would probably adopt it and forget it.
I expect that I'm not the only developer who can't even remember the list of
packages they maintain. Some packages don't have any new versions or any bug
reports so I just forget them until someone reports a bug.
Why is this so difficult?
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