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Re: Updating scanners and filters in Debian stable (3.1)

On Sun, Oct 03, 2004 at 08:38:39PM +0200, Andreas Barth wrote:
> * Francesco Paolo Lovergine (frankie@debian.org) [041003 12:45]:
> > Not always. In the past many backports have been built including perfectly
> > avoidable new dependencies. The volatile archive should have policy and
> > deb tools frozen. So no new debconf, no new ucf and so on.
> Agreed for run-time dependencies, but not for build dependencies. I
> think that e.g. adding dpatch is not really hurting anything, and makes
> it easier to manage patches.

That's a change in packaging style. Security updates do not do that, 
and I cannot see a reason to change that in volatile. Avoid unneeded
changes should be the mandatory rule.

> > In many
> > cases packaging scripts should remain the same of stable ones.
> > The purpose is clear: volatile should contain only unavoidable major
> > updates for a few known monster-programs (e.g. mozilla family) 
> > or program classes (anti-virus, anti-spam, security tools), 
> > not random backports.

Francesco P. Lovergine

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