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Re: Bug#669647: ITP: hurd-cvsfs -- CVS virtual filesystem for the GNU Hurd

On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 09:18:30AM +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Le vendredi 20 avril 2012 à 20:23 +0200, Samuel Thibault a écrit : 
> > * Package name    : hurd-cvsfs
> Aren’t you late by 19 days?

(This isn't intended as a criticism of this specific ITP.)

While it's great that Hurd can support all of these esoteric
translators, in terms of making Hurd a viable *Debian* port,
we really only need a few specific ones:

- tmpfs
- procfs
- sysfs
- ext?fs

Speaking from the perspective of initscripts, we are carrying
around a large amount of Hurd-specific code, which as far as I
understand is probably actually unused.  Example: All other
platforms have /etc/mtab as a symlink.  Yet we are carrying
around large amounts of code and extra initscripts to generate
mtab for the only system which does not support /proc/mounts
(Hurd).  A procfs translator (even an incomplete one) would
allow all this (barely tested) cruft to be dropped.

It would be really great if the efforts of the Hurd developers
could be directed to getting the translators which are of
direct benefit to the distribution as a whole functional, rather
than features such as this--who uses CVS nowadays anyway, let
along through a translator?  It's neat, but not really useful
(from the POV of the distribution as a whole).


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