Re: Overall bitrot, package reviews and fast(er) unmaintained package removals
On Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 08:22, Neil Williams wrote:
> On Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:05:48 +0200
> Steffen Möller <email@example.com> wrote:
> > On 06/04/16 21:19, Wookey wrote:
> > >> > .. perhaps be more aggressive in
> > >> > removing software that's no longer useful and just lies in the
> > >> > archive dormant.
> > > The fact that Debian has a lot of software is a genuine benefit.
> > > Just because stuff is old, does not mean it is no longer useful. The
> > > problem is that we don't really know how to distinguish between
> > > old-and-just-cruft and old-and-still-handy.
> > The popcon stats may help.
> Really, NO.
> popcon is indicative only and the stats are only useful as metrics when
> popcon counts become "significant". Any popcon score which is less than
> 1% or 5% of the archive is not much better than a guess. The problem is
> that those are precisely the packages where removal is likely.
What I meant in my initial report was to use the popcon > n% as a
indicator to stop the automatic removal after everything else indicate
that it should be marked as "outdated".
Ondřej Surý <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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