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Re: Bug#754551: ITP: node-ms -- milliseconds conversion utility

Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com> writes:

> Right. Did you discuss that with ftpmaster or anybody else outside of
> the javascript team? There's typically been a consensus against very
> small packages containing just a single script or piece of code so small
> that the packaging metadata is going to be as big as (or bigger than!)
> the package contents. The packaging overhead hits every single user of
> Debian...

FWIW, the Perl team has recently gone through the same discussion,
including with the ftp team, and has started breaking apart some large
module collections into individual packages for the same reasons cited
here.  Tracking upstream releases in merged packages is quite painful.

I'd really like to see us solve this problem by figuring out a better
metadata distribution system (and IIRC some progress was made on that
front recently) than in making life more difficult for packagers.
Although if someone came up with a really elegant and scalable solution to
merging multiple upstream releases into a Debian source package, that may
work too.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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