Bug#544981: debian-policy: Discourage native packages that are not tightly specific to Debian
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On Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 08:38:58PM +0200, Emilio Pozuelo Monfort wrote:
> Emilio Pozuelo Monfort wrote:
> > Given the recent thread in debian-devel, I think we should document in
> > policy that packages that are not tightly related to Debian shouldn't be
> > native.
> So to move this on, how about only "recommending" it? Wouter, would you be
> happy with that?
I guess you mean 'discouraging' rather than 'recommending' ;-)
Sure, that's perfectly fine. I do think a discouraging remark in either
policy or the devref, with or without a list of downsides of making a
package native, is perfectly okay. After all, there /are/ downsides, and
it's probably best to inform those who are thinking about it about those
However, if a well-informed person knows what he's getting himself into,
and decides that in their particular case making a package native is the
right thing to do, I don't see why this would cause any problems.
> I'm not sure whether this should be in policy or in devref or
> somewhere else... If we just put a recommendation, I guess we don't
> really need to draw a line, but if that makes this better for devref
> and not policy, say so and I'll reassign. What do people think?
My gut feeling says the devref, but I'd be happy either way.
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