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Re: Please drop anacron from task-desktop

On Thu, Mar 07, 2019 at 10:11:41PM +0100, Paride Legovini wrote:
> Michael Stone wrote on 07/03/2019:
> > On Thu, Mar 07, 2019 at 09:02:23PM +0100, Holger Wansing wrote:
> >>> I'm actually wondering if this is a good idea..
> >>>
> >>> There are lot of other packages installing cronjobs and people, I would
> >>> assume, expect that they will run.
> cronjobs run even without anacron, they just don't run
> "anac(h)ronistically".

Which means some won't ever run on a 9 to 5 desktop.

> >>> I would personally revert his patch as long as all the cronjobs have not
> >>> a corresponding systemd .timer
> >>
> >> Any thoughts on this?
> > 
> > What's the downside to having anacron there if a .timer supersedes the
> > cron job?
> Having a useless service running is itself a downside; I second the
> removal.

Please explain your usage of the word "useless".

The output of "ls /etc/cron.daily" is not empty for me.

> I'll also mention that anacron has been orphaned almost one
> year ago.

I'll also mention that "has been orphaned" does not imply anthing about 
the quality of the package.

4 QA uploads fixing 11 bugs in the BTS. 
Compared to 1 upload fixing 1 bug in the BTS in the last
3 years when it was non-orphaned.

A sad truth about Debian is that QA-maintained orphaned packages
are often better maintained than many non-orphaned packages.

And anacron is actually a pretty good example for that.

> Paride



       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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