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Re: Bug#97755: [PROPOSAL] eliminating task packages; new task system

On 16.V.2001 at 22:43 Joey Hess wrote:
> +
> +         <p>
> +           You should not tag any packages as belonging to a task before 
> +           this has been discussed on the `debian-devel' mailing list and 
> +	    a consensus about doing that has been reached.
> +         </p>

A consensus is not always possible.  Some resolution mechanism is needed
in case that there is no consensus.

For example what display manager we will choose: gdm, kdm, wdm or xdm?
Maybe gdm, because it provides session menu, but it looks to me a little
buggy.  I'm giving this only as an example.  Surely there will be

Moreover, too many packages have to use the Task field.  Do you want a
discution for all of them in debian-devel? Is the override mechanism
suposed to be only a temporary solution?

A maintainer can and may not be aware of the needs of some task.  An
example: why the maintainer of recode should know that some of the
filters of magicfilter needs recode and that magicfilter belongs to the
task printing?

(Actually I have wrote that again only as an example.  If you want I
will make ITP of meta-magicfilter, meta-apsfilter and maybe meta-cups.
Then one of these three metapackages will belong to the task `Printing'.
Or maybe it is better to have more than one task for printing?)

Anton Zinoviev, zinoviev@debian.org

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