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Re: new scripts and patches for devscripts

On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 7:12 PM, Benjamin Drung <bdrung@debian.org> wrote:
> Am Mittwoch, den 09.03.2011, 00:05 +0000 schrieb Roger Leigh:
>> On Tue, Mar 08, 2011 at 11:01:12PM +0100, Benjamin Drung wrote:
>> > Should these script moved from ubuntu-dev-tools into devscripts?
>> >
>> > Most of the script are written in Python. Rewriting them to get them
>> > included in devscripts is too much work without benefit. devscripts
>> > would depend on python then.
>> Most of the scripts are short.  Rewriting would be fairly simple, and
>> may be beneficial in removing the Ubuntu-specific bits.
> What speaks against having these script in python? Is python too heavy
> for a _development_ machine?

It's not just about a package dependency.  It's more about restricting
the knowledge base required for those maintaining the package.

Considering that scripts are contributed to devscripts and the support
burden is then commonly left on the shoulders of those maintaining
devscripts instead of the original script author, it's in our interest
to maintain a consistent set of languages that we are willing to
support.  This is currently Perl and shell.

So yes, IMO, accepting scripts written in Python (or any other language)
is too heavy.  Not for a "_development_ machine", but for a maintenance
team.  If people choose to ignore our requirement and develop scripts in
other languages, then they can deal with the consequences.

GPG Key: 1024D/61326D40 2003-09-02 James Vega <jamessan@debian.org>

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