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Re: Working on debian developer's reference and "best packaging practices"

On Thu, May 02, 2002 at 03:20:45PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >>"Julian" == Julian Gilbey <J.D.Gilbey@qmul.ac.uk> writes:
>  Julian> On Thu, May 02, 2002 at 02:30:34PM +0200, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
>  >> 
>  >> Refer to a dpkg reference instead and document extra restrictions
>  Julian> Surely either everything necessary should be in the dpkg reference or
>  Julian> everything necessary should be in policy. q
> 	Umm, no. It does not make sense to restrict dpkg authors to a
>  static, slow changing mechanism that is policy as the blueprint for
>  their software development. The dpkg authors must be free to
>  innovate, and document additional features, and evolving behaviour.

Good point.

> 	On the other hand, all packages must not be left to the whimsy
>  of the dpkg developers either; since potentially large numbers of
>  packages would be impacted by such changes.


> 	Going to either extreme is suboptimal. 

Makes sense.

> 	What we need to do is specify a minimal set of interfaces that
>  all packages are required to provide, and that the dpkg authors must
>  maintain compatibility for. 


> 	Changes to this core functionality would require a transition
>  plan to effect, but otherwise dpkg authors are free to make changes
>  and extentions. Most extentions, when the become popular, would be
>  candidates for inclution into the core interface, when the dpkg
>  authors feel the interface has stabilized and would be unlikely to
>  change. 


But we must then be very careful about how the splitting of
information works and how the two are kept compatible.



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