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Bug#199311: debian-policy: notify maintainers before removing dependencies from distrib

Package: debian-policy
Version: unavailable; reported 2003-06-29
Severity: grave
Justification: renders package unusable

Shouldn't there be a policy to check for packages that
depend on a package BEFORE its removal from the distribution,
and to notify maintainers ahead of time that their packages
will break?  Such was the case with the disappearance of
perlapi-5.6.1 in the process of upgrading to perl 5.8.0.
A bunch of packages broke and refuse to install.  It seems
like that could have been avoided by notifying the maintainers
ahead of time that a dependency of their packages was going
to disappear, and to give them some time to write fixes.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux nutter.linuxdelivery.com 2.4.20 #1 SMP Fri Jun 27 17:48:13 PDT 2003 i686
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US

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