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Bug#566578: [new] Please include release-info scripts

Am Samstag, den 17.04.2010, 14:15 +0200 schrieb Santiago Vila:
> On Fri, 16 Apr 2010, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > On Sat, 23 Jan 2010, Benjamin Drung wrote:
> > > I have written small release-info scripts (debian-release-info,
> > > ubuntu-release-info) for querying information about the distributions'
> > > releases. For example you can query the codename for the latest stable
> > > release (or latest development release) of the corresponding
> > > distribution. You can do your queries based on dates.
> > 
> > Do we need so much information?
> > 
> > I wondered if the raw data (list of codename, current codename) should not
> > be part of the vendors files in /etc/dpkg/origins/* (so part of
> > base-files).
> I don't think that would be a good idea. base-files is essential.
> In general, features which are not essential (like historical data)
> should not be put in an essential package, otherwise we start to rely
> on them "because they are in an essential package" and they end up
> being essential.

That's a valid point. This data is not important enough to be essential.

Am Freitag, den 16.04.2010, 21:15 +0200 schrieb Raphael Hertzog: 
> The downside is that you would not get all ubuntu codenames in Debian
> but Ubuntu would have all Debian codenames and all Ubuntu codenames
> (unless Debian includes the Ubuntu vendor file).

The codenames of both distributions should be available for both distributions.

> On the plus side, you would be able use dpkg-vendor to query the data
> and base-files is already a package that has to be updated for each
> release anyway. And there's a perl API ready to use to query the vendor
> information.

Having the data and scripts in dpkg-dev instead of devscripts would be
possible, too.

BTW, I am searching for a Perl hacker, who can port the Python script
into Perl (to reduce the dependencies).

Benjamin Drung
Ubuntu Developer (www.ubuntu.com) | Debian Maintainer (www.debian.org)

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