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Bug#172436: this proposal

On Mon, 23 Feb 2004 19:13:12 -0500, Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> said: 

> If the purpose of debian policy is to document existing best
> practices,

	Well, no. That's the developers reference.  Policy is a
 document to implement the minimal set of rules that are required for
 improved integration and cooperation of programs -- preferably only
 after these rules have been designed, implemented, tweaked, and known
 to work well.

> then this proposal should be accepted, since that is what
> it does.  Leaving it sitting open for 1 year has only resulted in
> more or less everything in debian implementing BROWSER without it
> being in policy.

	And there is nothing wrong with best practices not being in
 policy, or packages developing stuff that policy is mum about. 

	Having said that, this proposal does indeed fall into the
 category of selecting one way out of a myriad of equally viable
 proposals, and it does help provide a consistent way for different
 parts of Debian to call up a browser, so coming to a consensus on
 this is a good thing.

	Could you address aj's questions, which are some of the last
 comments on the bug page?  That alternative seems, on the surface, to
 make sense.

"Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." Chesterton
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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