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Re: Work-needing packages report for Sep 6, 2002

On Wed, Sep 11, 2002 at 04:55:38PM +0200, Tomas Pospisek's Mailing Lists wrote:
> On Wed, 11 Sep 2002, Colin Watson wrote:
> > 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?

Yep. We have 10000 other packages that (we hope) people are using, and
we shouldn't waste time on things nobody wants to take responsibility

I think that it is not anywhere near as important to be able to say
"anything you want you can apt-get install" as to be able to say
"anything you want you can apt-get install and it'll be good". Hardly
anybody deals with orphaned packages - I do it from time to time, Matej
Vela is the current hero in this regard, and there are a few others -
and I happen to believe that being long-term unmaintained is a pretty
good indicator for lower quality.

Of course there are exceptions on both sides. That's why removals should
be requested and processed by humans, and why they're requested by
filing bugs so that there's room for people to object.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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