Re: Breaking programs because a not yet implemented solution exists in theory (Was: Bug#658139: evince: missing mime entry)
On Wed, Feb 01, 2012 at 09:29:46AM +0100, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Le mardi 31 janvier 2012 à 21:51 +0100, Andreas Tille a écrit :
> > I agree that an automatic solution would be prefered. However, as long
> > as such someone does not stand up and write such a program removing
> > existing solutions is <feel free to insert any word which fits>.
> The point is, no one will write such a program until we remove support
> for the old system entirely.
I confirm that I got your point even if I do not agree.
> To break such a chicken/egg circle, we
> needed either to write the program ourselves, or to simply drop support
> for the obsolete mime system.
Somehow I missed an announcement that mime is obsolete and not supported
in Debian any more. Did I missed something (URLs)? I insist in my
opinion that it is not correct to break an old but used (=established)
system intentionally to force others writing workarounds. (Cyril, it is
not about this specific bug - it is about the general principle.)
> Guess what: I’m not writing a tool, lest
> maintain it, for a technology that I don’t use.
OK, that's fair.
> And since, after seven months, nothing happened, it means no one is
> interested enough, although some one-liners doing half of the job have
> been circulating.
Well, from my perspective I was bored the first time when xpdf came up
when I was expecting evince. After purging xpdf I learned that see does
not find any pdf viewer. Sorry if I did not realised any discussion
seven monthes ago noch any one-line helpers.
So were can I read about which one-liner should be added to what package
to fix the problem you decided to force upon others.