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Re: Upcoming Section changes in the archive

Michael Tautschnig <mt@debian.org> writes:

> Seeing that the change of sections could pose some technical problems
> (not only challenges implementing them) as well, let me ask one
> (possibly stupid) question: Why do we need sections at all?
> All that policy states is that it simplifies some handling of packages.

Off the top of my head: They section the display of packages in utilities
like aptitude, which I for one find extremely useful.  They let you easily
perform bulk operations on related packages, like marking all libraries as
autoinstalled or removing all debug packages.  They let you find the set
of available add-ons for a given programming language easily in both
searches and browsing when you're looking for something in particular.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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