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Re: DEP5: CANDIDATE and ready for use in squeeze+1

On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:57:51PM +0200, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> Charles and Ben have offered competing patches for Source, one making it
> optional (but relying on the policy to make it implicitly mandatory in
> most cases), the other making it required (but allowing just a mention
> of upstream sources not existing, when that is the case).

> Is anyone in favor of one or the other?

I am not opposed to Charles' patch to make it optional, but I think it's a
pointless distinction.  There are many requirements within DEP-5 that cannot
be enforced by a mere parser, so I don't find that a compelling reason to
mark something as 'optional' which we know is actually conditionally

I am vehemently opposed to Ben's patch, which is effectively an end run
around Debian Policy.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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