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Re: Breaking programs because a not yet implemented solution exists in theory (Was: Bug#658139: evince: missing mime entry)

On Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:08:33 +0100, Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org> wrote:
> Le jeudi 02 février 2012 à 16:12 +0000, Ian Jackson a écrit : 
> > The correct approach it is not to unilaterally decide to do switch to
> > some other half-implemented system, remove support for the previously
> > working machinery, and demand that bug submitters write the
> > compatibility code.
> The correct approach is to notice you have a perfectly working,
> fully-implemented system, that works fine across the whole distribution
> except for a handful of packages, and to remove the compatibility code
> for the legacy system.

I presume the subject of this thread explains why my emacs+notmuch setup
has lost the ability to show me pdfs.

I only very rarely get attachments, so the irritation of saving the file
and then pointing evince at it by hand was minor enough that I'd not got
round to finding out what the problem was.

Are you really saying that intentionally inflicting such low-grade
breakage and annoyance on your users is what you think it takes to
encourage them to write software for you?

This hardly seems compatible with our social contract.

Also, I note that there seems to be no warning that you've done this in
the NEWS or README files -- did you document this vandalism anywhere?

Cheers, Phil.
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