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Re: Bug#835520: Policy 9.3.1 is inaccurate to the point of being harmful

On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 11:15:35AM +0100, Jonathan de Boyne Pollard wrote:
> Sam Hartman:

> >Hi. As part of reviewing an issue for the technical committee, I just read
> >policy section 9.3 in its entirety.

> >Section 9.3.1 really seems to be showing its age. That section covers
> >runlevels and the sequencing numbers after S and K in rc.d links without
> >reference to dependency-based boot ordering, init systems other than
> >sysinit, etc.

> >In an ideal world I'd encourage that section to be updated to talk about
> >how boot ordering works on modern Debian.

> >Absent that, I'd recommend significantly trimming the section to just
> >cover the fact that there are run levels and that there are these numbers
> >after S and K and not go into what the numbers after S and K mean.

> This has just come up on the Debian Developers' mailing list, where Ansgar
> Burchardt also thought of filing a bug.

> The work has actually been done, if you want it.  Long since.

The work of revising Debian Policy includes filing a public bug report and
discussing the proposed changes with the Debian Developer community via the
debian-policy mailing list.  Have you done this?  If not, the work is not

But I would invite you to engage in this process and help to improve Policy.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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