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>>>>> "Zed" == Zed Pobre <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Zed> On Thu, Apr 13, 2000 at 02:39:13PM +1000, email@example.com wrote:
Zed> There are two caveats that become immediately visible to me
Zed> upon inspection. The first is that dpkg-perl is flagged
Zed> Essential, so other packages can make use of it without
Zed> declaring an explicit dependencies. This means that you'll
Zed> need to be very careful about changing any interface
Zed> currently in use or introducing an interface point that you
Zed> are planning to change later, as you run the risk of breaking
Zed> an unknown number of packages.
Hmm, I haven't seen an Essential flag on the package... neither in
/var/lib/dpkg/available nor in the package itself.
Though you are of course correct about the implications of
Zed> The second is that dpkg-perl isn't an independent package;
Zed> it's part of dpkg-scriptlib which contains both dpkg-perl and
Zed> dpkg-python. Thus if you become the maintainer for
Zed> dpkg-perl, you also become the maintainer for dpkg-python.
Zed> This may not be something that you wish to do.
dpkg-perl and dpkg-python could also be separated (the dpkg-scriptlib
just bundles them up, but they are not related in any way... I took a
look at it with an eye on whether dpkg-python could be split out, and
I actually think that -perl and -python *should* be separate
packages... the philosophies are different, and there are probably not
many maintainers who are as proficient in python as they are in perl
(or vice versa). (This becomes obvious when you look at the
long-standing (now fixed) dpkg-python bug that it installed itself in
the wrong directory...)
PS: No, I'm not volunteering to take over dpkg-python (assuming skud
wants -perl only)... at least not right now.
Jürgen A. Erhard eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (GERMANY) 0721 27326
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