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Re: Bits from the Release Team - Kicking off Wheezy

]] Stefano Zacchiroli 

| I've been dreaming of a similar integration in Debian since the days
| where I was pushing for the Vcs-* headers, but as you explained later on
| in your mail the problem is: how can we converge on a specific Vcs in
| Debian? Or, even easier, how can we converge on the guarantee that all
| packages are maintained within some VCS in the first place?  Are we
| ready to take votes on this and lose the people which won't like the
| choice and will go away slamming the door? I appeal to all the
| creativity people might have to solve the integration vs liberty
| dilemma.

I'd suggest something like:

- Choose a preferred VCS system.

- Import packages native to that system directly, for others, use the
  fast-export where available.  If there's no fast-export or no public
  VCS, just import each upload.

- Provide fast-export dumps (or just let people do fast-export
  themselves) from the preferred system (in addition to whatever native
  format the system has, of course).

While this won't guarantee that packages are actually maintained in said
VCS, it pushes people in that direction and enables others to build on
the work that's already done and makes it fairly simple to move to a
VCS-ed system if somebody wants to do so down the line.

Tollef Fog Heen
UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are

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