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Re: Reverting to GNOME for jessie's default desktop

On Fri, Aug 08, 2014 at 07:30:49PM +0200, Andreas Barth wrote:
> * Olav Vitters (olav@vitters.nl) [140808 19:12]:
> > [ support for init systems bedside systemd ]
> > There was also a question what should happen if *upstream* removes
> > support. That's not up to Debian Developers to patch back. Such was
> > discussed and clarified. One of the questions that was voted on this was
> > pretty much about this.
> My memory of what we discussed and voted is different.
> Basically we recommend to support as many init systems as reasonable
> possible, and that is even true if upstream ceases support for it. It
> might have some impact on what "reasonable" is after upstream ceases
> support for some init system (and of course, as always it is prefered
> to do such patches on upstream side), but it is definitly not
> forbidden to patch support for some init system back into a package
> (unless the package becomes by this "too broken to be supported", or
> one of the many others things we prefer to not have in our archive -
> as always). (And nothing here is actually init system specific, or
> new etc.)

>From the email I responded to:
| Yes, the decision was taken by ctte.  #746715 decided that all init |
| systems are to be supported, not only systemd, and that functionality
| on non-systemd must not be dropped without a good reason.

My response specifically deals with this. Yes, nice if Debian Developers
could keep the response. However, there is nothing in there about "must
not be dropped without good reason". If upstream removes support, so be
it. Then it is very nice if the support is patched back in, but there is
nothing in the decision that it is expected that anyone could expect
packagers to do this.


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