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Re: ftpmaster accepts packages that have been rejected a few days ago



On Tue, Nov 11, 2003 at 11:54:26AM +0100, Marc Haber wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 10:33:33 +0000, James Troup <james@nocrew.org>
> wrote:
> >In the series of mails that followed the initial REJECT, I said (in
> ><87ad7bm2bj.fsf@shiri.gloaming.local>):
> >| If you disagree with that, you can either try your luck with another
> >| ftp-master or get rough consensus on debian-devel that I'm wrong.
> It is usual that people who dare to question your judgment get flamed
> on -devel. 

Actually, the people who get flamed are the ones that say self-evidently
stupid things.

> I have had my share of that. No, thank you.

> You are the "secret" Boss of the project. 

And with paranoid fantasies like that, is it any wonder you've had
your share?

For reference, the distribution of packages wrt Installed-Size looks like:

       .----- number of packages
      | .---- size of package, rounded down to nearest power of two (in kB)
      v v

      9 0
      - 1
      3 2
      7 4
     92 8
    218 16
    928 32
   2499 64
   2565 128
   2077 256
   1711 512
   1270 1024
    870 2048
    610 4096
    295 8192
    209 16384
     60 32768
     16 65536
      3 131072

[0]

Generally, it's much better to put related programs together into a
single package than distribute them separately, even if that offends
your aesthetic sensibilities. The whole point of Debian is to put the
awkwardness of finding the right tools for the jobs into the hands of
a competent maintainer, rather than passing it on to our users.

Servers, rather than tools, can be a different matter. Large programs
can be a different matter too. Packages below a certain size, probably
15-30kB are generally more of a nuisance to keep around separately than
to merge into a related package.

Cheers,
aj

[0] cat Packages_i386 | grep ^Installed-Size | cut -d\  -f2 | 
      perl -nle 'print $_ ? 2**int(log($_)/log(2)) : 0;' | sort -n | uniq -c

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