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Re: Is anyone maintaining (the ham radio tool) node?

On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 04:04:36PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> One user claimed it would inconvenience users, but provided no supporting
> details about why a user would run it manually. 
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-hams/2010/08/msg00032.html
> The package's own documentation states "Node is intended to be called from
> ax25d or inetd."
> A similar case with a large userbase is the syslog daemon. Debian used
> to ship standard with a /usr/sbin/syslogd. Then it was replaced with a
> /usr/sbin/rsyslog, from a different package. Since rsyslog is Priority
> important, it gets installed automatically, and this removes sysklogd;
> you can verify this happened to most users on [1]. However, we have
> not lost any sleep over users who might have something that ran
> /usr/sbin/syslogd directly, and I've never seen this inconvenience a
> single user.
> I don't know if there's any reason users would be more likely to run
> node manually than syslogd manually. Even if there is, the vast
> difference in userbases (multiple orders of magnitude) suggests it's
> unlikely to inconvenience many users. Probably this case is sufficiently
> edge that a NEWS file would do.

The syslog case does not apply since the *standard* syslog was changed
at the distribution level and another package *provides* the same 
functionality.  Users could, if the old syslog package is still in the
archive, install the old syslog as an alternative.

nodejs *only* exists in unstable.  A name change in unstable should be
less disruptive because it is, well - unstable. 



Patrick Ouellette                 pat@flying-gecko.net
ne4po (at) arrl (dot) net         Amateur Radio: NE4PO 

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