Bug#58106: dpkg: Lists old (incorrect) section in package database
On Thu, Aug 28, 2003 at 10:22:43PM +0200, Koblinger Egmont wrote:
> > and that nobody else knows?
> I didn't know either.
> I spent some time to catch this bug. Not very much time, and definitely a
> dpkg-developer would need even much shorter time. I simply can't believe
> that the debian team couldn't have spent this much time on this bug in the
> last 3.5 years. I'm sure that the question is not whether they can fix the
> bug or not, and not whether they have time to do it or not. The question
> is whether they care about it or not. The answer is trivial. That's why
> I'm so disappointed.
Sorry but the system doesn't work that way. You are perfectly free to say
"you don't care about my bug, you suck!", but that by itself is rather
unlikely to actually improve the situation.
It has happened before that someone found intentions of IWJ's code dubious.
It has also happened before that someone reverted the code to suit one's own
intentions. It has also happened before that the new code did not predict
a different set of circumstances and broke.
The comments and decisions that have no attached rationale suck, yes,
but you should not decry the wariness of current developers without an
understanding of its causes and intended consequences.
The smart thing to do would be to track down Ian and see if he remembers the
rationale for this. If not, make a list of all situations this code can
affect and test them all changed.
Oh and as far as caring for bugs goes, having to prioritize 678 bug reports
(and counting) is non-trivial.
2. That which causes joy or happiness.