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Re: Which packages will hold up the release?

On Thu, Oct 02, 2003 at 02:06:27PM +0200, Martin Pitt wrote:
> Hi!
> Am 2003-10-02 12:38 +0200 schrieb Peter Makholm:
> > I don't know the reason for some packages being marked [REMOVE] but it
> > seems to me that it is not just an 'This package is not essential for
> > a releas an useful distribution'.
> OTOH, php4 is marked for removal. I assume that I'm not the only one
> that would classify it as important. In addition, it is odd that there
> are still packages depending on php4 which are not marked for removal.
> I did not dig into the reasons why php4 should be removed (BTS says
> "see -release", but that doesn't tell me anything), so I don't object
> against it loudly. But I would certainly call it a pity if it
> disappears. It would make Debian much less useful for the average LAMP
> server.
> Maybe someone can enlighten me here?

The removal of php4 was proposed as temporary measure to help sorting the
unstable -> testing progression. The plan is that it gets back into testing
before release. A quite usual trick. If a package A in testing blocks the
entry of a package B from unstable to testing, and in turn the lack of B
prevents the new version of A from unstable to testing, A is removed from
testing for a moment. But it is welcomed to get into testing again afterward. 

That's at least what I understood from -release.

The removal of php4 from testing (and not removal from unstable, which is the
death penalty for the package you were afraid of) was discussed in

(which explains the reference to -release in the bug repport)

Now, glibc which were blocking the regular progression of php4 into testing
is solved, IIRC. The current status is discussed in:

is your friend for more details.

Thanks, Mt.

I'm not griping, I'm just observing what a miserable experience this is.
    --- Calvin

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