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Re: eicar.com installer in Debian, and pre-upload interface to ftpmaster

On Thu, 3 Jul 2003 17:32:29 +0200, Josip Rodin <joy@srce.hr> wrote:
>On Thu, Jul 03, 2003 at 04:51:49PM +0200, Marc Haber wrote:
>> In the past years, I have found it annoying that the eicar anti-virus
>> testfile is not available as aptable Debian package.
>Why is this annoying?

Because it makes debugging anti-virus software harder, and forces
maintainers of anti-virus packages to have their own means of
obtaining eicar.com for testing purposes

>> I find it disturbingly impolite to say "sorry, we don't want your
>> volunteer work" _after_ the work has been done. Especially if it is done
>> in Mr. Troup's usual "why did you bother me in the first place, mere
>> mortal" style.
>Frankly, with this particular one, I entirely fail to see why you ignore
>several perfectly valid reasons laid out in the reasonably polite (if a bit
>dazzled) rejection notice and go off ranting instead.

Saying a package is "silly" is a valid rejection reason in your
opinion? Another reason is that a package depending on and
recommending eicar-testfile would have to go into contrib. Yes, right,
but there is Suggests: which allows a package suggesting
eicar-testfile to stay in main.

And forbidding code-reuse by suggesting that packages needing
eicar.com could download the file themselves (probably forcing these
packages to go into contrib themselves while they could be in main if
eicar-testfile were in debian) is not a reason as well?

Well, _I_ find it impolite to say work that has been done by a
volunteer is "silly". Actually, I find it discouraging to do any more
future work for Debian


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