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Re: Bug#747628: perl: module deprecations / removals in 5.20

Damyan Ivanov <dmn@debian.org> writes:

> The note in the Release Notes would mean that users of unstable will not
> notice the removal, but I guess this is a price to be paid.  Bugging
> each and every upgrade with a NEWS.Debian entry seems like
> spam. 'perl-base' is ranked #1 in popcon. Hmm, perhaps add a NEWS.Debian
> entry and remove it before Jessie? (this starts to have too many moving
> parts :))

perl-base isn't the relevant package, though, isn't it?  This would be for
perl.  (Or were some of those modules in base?)

I think NEWS.Debian is appropriate.  It's certainly used for things that
people generally care about less (such as all new CAs in the
ca-certificates package), and people have to make an intentional choice to
install apt-listchanges to see the upgrade notifications.  I think this is
exactly the sort of situation that NEWS.Debian was intended for: a
backwards-incompatible change in the packaging.

I vote for documenting this in NEWS.Debian, retaining Depends *maybe* for
one release at most, and then downgrading to at least Recommends with a
goal of removing the dependency entirely in the long run.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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