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Re: Moving packages removed in the archive to /attic?

On 2021-03-10 21:30, Andreas Tille wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 10, 2021 at 08:44:36PM +0530, Nilesh Patra wrote:
>>> 2. Vcs-* URLs in debian/control will break after moving repositories.
>>> Not sure if these URLs are of any use for removed packages, though.
> That's an additional point to my argument about automatic tools parsing
> the repositories.
>> It doesn't matter too much, IMHO. At any point in time if someone would
>> bring those packages back to archive, they'd have to use
>> s.d.o/med-team/pkg anyway.
>> Plus they aren't in the archive either. URLs breaking is of more
>> relevance only when they are in the archive
> True.  But packages are residing in oldstable quite some time and they
> reside for ever in snapshots.  Besides this a package removed from
> Debian can possibly survive several user machines if just upgrades from
> one release to the next one is done.  I think several of my boxes were
> upgraded over four releases or so.  If there is no conflict the packages
> might reside on user machines for the life time of the machine.

This is a strong argument against moving the repositories. It convinces
me that we should not do that.


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