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Re: Upload getting lost

* Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> [060414 14:55]:
> > Policy has (besides other things) the job of documentating current
> > practice.
>         Not quite correct.  Policy has the job of docmenting what is
>  technically correct, and selecting one of a number of equally viable
>  technical options where numerous possibilities exist.  The primary
>  purpose of policy is to ensure that diverse packages under different
>  maintainers can be seamlessly integrated.
>         Blindly ratifying incorrect common practices is not something
>  policy should ever do -- so by itself, this line of argument is not
>  convincing.

Except there is no "incorrect" here. (Except when you define policy
as correct, but then there is no more way to change policy). There
are simply to possibilites that are both technically almost eqivalent.

One of them is the one implemented by our tools, the other by
policy, and the two differ.

>         Actually, a number of programs that check for version validity
>  would need to be changed, or no longer be considered authoritative,
>  so we have some code fixing to do in any case.

Policy also discourages versions not starting with a digit. But no tool
I have seen warns if it starts with a letter.

>         What is the scope of the bug fixing required to bring the
>  programs in line with long established policy?

Noone knows. That's the problem.

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