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Re: Some observations regardig the progress towards Debian 3.1

On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 06:25:46AM +0000, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au>
> > On Fri, Nov 21, 2003 at 04:42:44PM -0800, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> > > On Wed, Nov 19, 2003 at 01:12:10AM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > > > KDE 3 needed a long time until it was hinted into testing.
> > > Ahh, so why did it even needed to be hinted at all?
> > It needed to be hinted because there's a lot of interdependencies between
> > kde packages that it takes too much time to work out automatically
> > (as in more than a day).
> More than a day? Would all that time be used just for noticing that
> this set of packages could enter testing together without becoming
> uninstallable, or is there compilation involved?
> In the former case, would better algorithms help, or is it
> intrinsically a hard problem?

Things as large as KDE will likely never be able to migrate to testing
on its own. This is due to the number of packages KDE depends on and the
number of packages that depend on KDE. Since there is such a large
number the likelyhood of at least one of them having a RC bug is
extremely high, which in turn blocks an automatic migration. (At least


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