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Bootstrapping also increases the package count (was: Re: Bug#754551: ITP: node-ms -- milliseconds conversion utility)


Quoting Russ Allbery (2014-07-12 19:19:16)
> 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.

which progress is that?

With bootstrapping we also have the problem that we often have to increase the
package count with very small packages as it is often required to split a
package so that

 - one part of it can be multiarched (to be able to satisfy cross build
 - or so that the content of the produced binary package of a stage1 profile
   build is not different from the full build (for example by splitting a
   foo-plugins package into foo-plugins-nogtk and foo-plugins-gtk)

So we would also like to not run into the problem of making people's life
harder because we increase the amount of package meta data too much.

cheers, josch

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