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Re: Proposal for removal of mICQ package



On Thu, Feb 13, 2003 at 04:14:20PM +0100, Martin Loschwitz wrote:
> In fact, at first users think that mICQ is starting up perfectly normal, but
> after the client got logged in into the server, it prints the following
> message and exits after that:
> 
> You're using the mICQ package provided by Debian. Since the Debian maintainer 
> is extremely uncooperative, you're adviced to use the better qu ality package 
> from micq.org. Simply add the follow ing line to your /etc/apt/sources.list to 
> track stable versions of mICQ:
> deb http://www.micq.org/debian stable main
> To track CVS snapshots, add:
> deb http://www.micq.org/debian testing main
> Source packages may be retrieved similarly.
> 
> This code can be found in file "src/preferences.c" in mICQ source code,
> starting at line 114.
> 
> md5sum of the upstream-tarball that contains this version of preferences.c:
> c0c84ed9b5df0d9ced060a9eed11d36b  micq-0.4.10.1.tgz
> 
> I have to admit that not setting EXTRAVERSION in debian/rules is a bug, ok,
> but not setting such an un-important variable (it _is_ unimportant after all)
> should not lead to a behaviour like the one described above. It looks like the
> only intention behind this code is to achieve an object lesson effect for 
> the maintainer, in cleartext, me.
> 
> Again, this "easter egg" is debian specific - it will only occur on computers
> running Debian and using the official Debian mICQ package.
> 
> In my opinion, with this step, mICQ has proven as dishonorable to be distributed 

In my opinion, the actual behavior here (very different from the
speculation on this issue farther down the thread) does not warrant
removal from the archive. 

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