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

Le jeudi 02 février 2012 à 19:11 +0000, brian m. carlson a écrit : 
> The mime-support solution is part of Policy.  It is a perfectly working,
> fully-implemented solution.  

This is a blatant lack of knowledge of the current state of the

> If you feel that it is obsolescent or
> obsolete and should be replaced by a different solution, then it's your
> job to convince other people of that, do the work to make that happen,
> and request that Policy be amended accordingly.  I have yet to see a bug
> filed on the debian-policy package requesting that.

This system has *already* been replaced by a different solution. That
horse was already dead several years ago. Get a grip. Fix the policy if
you want to spend time on the problem.

> As it is, evince does not display PDFs from mutt.  Thus your solution is
> inadequate, because mutt does not use your solution (and there is no bug
> filed against mutt to do so).  You have thus broken an otherwise
> perfectly working solution because you don't like it.

As it is, programs registered in mime-support are not used from firefox,
evolution, epiphany, nautilus, rox-filer and konqueror. Thus your
solution is inadequate, because these programs do not use your solution
(there is no bug filed against them to do so, and if there was, we would
have a good laugh and close it).

> As a package maintainer, you're going to have to support some things you
> don't like.

Maybe you want to maintain all these programs instead of their
respective maintainers, and replace a modern MIME system with decent
support for aliases, subtypes, defaults by a system that requires you to
write overly long files in an obscure language - but that works with

 .''`.      Josselin Mouette
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