Re: Work-needing packages report for Jul 11, 2003
On Fri, Jul 11, 2003 at 08:32:01AM -0500, Steve Greenland wrote:
> Huh? Submit a bug report against ftp.debian.org, and ask that the
> package be removed. What's so hard about it?
I wish it would be that easy. I haven't read the thread, but I'm
willing to bet someone has already declared me a heretic for ignoring
our users' interests when I hinted that some packages should be removed
from the archive. That was the case a couple of years back at least.
I beleive the most vocal defender of that position was Adrian. Perhaps
things have changed now.
> I suppose there might be an issue the original maintainer is MIA, but
> if a package has been on the "orphaned" list for >6 months, then that
> should be sufficient to get the package pulled and the WNPP bug
I argued for that about two years ago and eventually got tired of the
argument I paraphrased above so I gave up.
> Or perhaps we should just decree that no unmaitained packages go out
> in a stable release.
I actually argued for that, too. The release manager disagreed -- or
better worded, he saw no major problem as long as the package didn't
have any RC bugs (and I apologize in advance to Anthony if I'm putting
words in his mouth, but that's my recollection and I don't feel like
diving in the archive right now).
> At the beginning of the freeze, mark all the WNPP packages for
> removal (along with their dependencies :-)), and then see if we can
> inspire some reaction.
That's actually an idea...