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Re: Request to remove pine-docs from testing and unstable

On Fri, 13 Aug 2004, Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:

> (Diverted to -devel, as this is offtopic on -release)
> On Fri, Aug 13, 2004 at 03:11:31PM +0200, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > Hello.
> > 
> > The pine-docs package which I maintain contains a document called
> > "Getting Started With Email Using Pine", which is based on pine 3.96
> > and it has not been updated since 1997.
> If it is still more or less correct and useful, why remove it? I really
> don't see why it should be removed, being extended documentation to
> software distributed the same way as pine-docs is.

It is doubtful that it's correct being so outdated. pine is already
documented by its online help, which is quite extensive.

> > As the pine package which is distributed in ftp.debian.org is mainly
> > for people who is already familiar with pine (otherwise we would be
> > using free alternatives like mutt), I think it makes little sense to
> > keep pine-docs in the archive. Could it be removed from testing and
> > unstable?
> Why deprive pine users of documentation for their software?

That's an exaggeration. No such thing will happen. The document will still
be available in the UW FTP site, for those who want outdated documentation.

BTW: It's not "their" software. Remember that pine is proprietary software.

> Familiarity with software doesn't mean one doesn't need
> documentation with it.

As I said, pine is already extensively documented by its online help.
This is just a "getting started" document, which adds nothing to
people already familiar with pine. If you are not familiar with pine,
it is better that you start directly with mutt.

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