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Bug #173254 Submitted: Snort In Stable "Unusable"

Further to the discussion I started here on 6th.Dec.2002 about the
problem of the stable Snort packages being out-of-date, with the
subject "Updating Snort Signatures In Stable ?"
FYI, I have now submitted a severity=minor bug, #173254, suggesting
the packages.d.o web-page for Snort be annotated to warn new users
that the package is deprecated in favour of V1.9.0 from www.snort.org.

The maintainer, Sander Smeenk, has already replied, agreeing with most
points that people raised, but advising that he doesn't believe he has
the power to have such a warning added to this page, and that perhaps
the Debian webmaster should be asked to make the amendment.
(See http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=173254).

I assume a Debian developer would be needed to make such a request to
the webmaster.

Actually, I wonder whether the package pages _can_ be annotated like
this, if they're automatically generated from the package data - but I
guess it's worth asking the webmaster. Maybe there's room for at least
a pointer to a page elsewhere holding the warning.

Sander's preferred option would be to remove the Snort package
altogether in these circumstances.  What would be quicker : remove the
package, or add the warning to the web-page ?   I guess we ought to do

Comments ?

Nick Boyce
Bristol, UK
Special Relativity: The person in the other queue thinks yours is
moving faster.

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