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Re: KDE and Gnome panel applets showing percentage of broken packages




"Frans Pop"  wrote in message 200612052244.25569.elendil@planet.nl">news:200612052244.25569.elendil@planet.nl...
On Tuesday 05 December 2006 22:25, Berke Durak wrote:
I will just say that in my opinion, a repository such as stable,
testing or unstable should be self-contained.

For stable and testing that is true. However, sid is broken by design as
it will always receive new versions of packages first and basically
packages that depended on it can only be recompiled against the new
package (if needed) once it is in.
So, sid will always have a short period after some new uploads where it is
inconsistent and a transition is being managed.

The strength of Debian's package management tools is that you can still
update the part of sid that is good even while some packages you have
installed are "broken". (Though you need a little bit of understanding of
what is happening to use the tools correctly, which is one of the main
reason why sid is not recommended for new users.)

The data is still useful for new installations (rather than updates) of sid.
If many packages are 'broken' by the definition they are using,
then it is quite possible that desired programs will not be installable
at that time.

It may be useful for other things also, depending on the exactly what tests
are being run.



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