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Re: Removing packages perhaps too aggressively?

On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 10:40:19PM +0100, Michael Biebl wrote:
> I think we should remove cruft more aggressively then we currently do.

I think it would be bad to move even more to a revolving door 
situation where we are adding packages to a stable release only
to remove them in the next stable release.

For users it is a problem when packages they use disappear in a new
stable release.

> We are much too lenient with what we ship in our stable releases.

But RM is the wrong side to attack this problem.

Typically a removed package is not in a much worse shape when it got 
removed compared to when it was first shipped in a stable release.[1]

At that point the actual question is why we did allow the package
to be ITP'ed into Debian at all.


[1] from a user perspective


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