On Sun, Dec 23, 2007 at 07:35:12PM +0100, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
There are other examples of packages in the archive which are no way Debian specific, but which are native as gdome2-xslt is; a fresh example I have in mind is ikiwiki.
If ikiwiki FTBFS on GCC 4.3, I will probably file a bug on it, too, when I fix the FTBFS. I don't think ikiwiki should be Debian-native either, but I happened to file the bug on gdome2-xslt because I was working on it for other reasons.
On the other hand, I would be fine with aptitude being Debian-native (although it is not now) because it is specific to Debian.
Of course if the global consensus will change so that native packages are only those Debian-specific I would be more than happy to change gdome2-xslt, but at the moment I feel there is no such a consensus.
It is my impression that this is the case already, but Policy is silent on the issue; I checked before I filed the bug. Perhaps if a consensus can be reached a guideline should be placed in Policy so that people are not further confused.
 I have heard rumors that dpkg can also be used on Solaris. Clearly, I am not hoping or wishing for this in any way, and in fact, hope the opposite, but I bring it up for the sake of argument.
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