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Re: divergence from upstream as a bug

Pierre Habouzit <madcoder@debian.org> writes:

> On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 09:26:12AM +0000, Ben Finney wrote:
> > So it's already the case that they have a certain number of places
> > to look, *including* the Debian BTS if the work is packaged for
> > Debian. I don't see that this proposal changes that.
>   That's why the proposal is bad. It doesn't improve that, and it
> requires more work from the maintainer. Lose/lose situation.

As I understand it, the proposal is to put *new* information (that
Debian source diverges, and exactly why) into an existing location
that is already a place we expect upstream to know about (the Debian
BTS) and that all Debian package maintainers are already expected to
know how to use.

That seems like an improvement on putting that information in a *new*
place, that historically is not a place where all Debian package
maintainers can be expected to use, and expecting that upstream will
look there.

The former builds on the existing conventions (use of the Debian BTS
is mandatory for Debian package maintainers, upstreams already at
least know the BTS contains useful information), the latter attempts
to set up a separate system that hasn't historically been mandatory at

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Ben Finney

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