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

Niko Tyni <ntyni@debian.org> writes:

> apt-listchanges and perl are Priority:standard, "installed by default if
> the user doesn't select anything else" (Policy 2.5). As Damyan pointed
> out, perl is at 99.5% in popcon stats. I see apt-listchanges is at
> 78.1%.

> I don't have numbers to back this up, but I think it's safe to say that
> an overwhelming majority of our users are not Perl developers.

> So almost 80% of our users have perl and apt-listchanges installed but
> mostly don't care about this bit of news. I don't think it's appropriate
> to use NEWS.Debian in this context.

> I don't particularly like doing it even just for unstable: a majority
> of sid users probably aren't perl developers either.

I don't think the underlying assumption that only Perl developers care
about this news is correct.  They may need to install other packages for
local Perl scripts or locally-installed unpackaged applications to
continue to work properly.

It's useful for non-Perl-developers who run something and get an error
message saying that a module is missing to be able to go "oh, yeah, I saw
some message about that" and know what the solution is.

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

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