email@example.com (Bill Hogan) wrote on 22.02.96 in <[🔎] m0tpYIQ-0003luC@bedlam.rahul.net>:
> Beyond that I must say I think the idea handing out fake Debian
> passports for the purpose of smuggling non-Debian software across the
> Debian border is one of the worst ideas I have come across in a long
> time; all it achieves it to once again open the door to the very kinds
> of problems which the Debian `dpkg' package management system was
> designed to keep out.
"Handing out passports"? That's ... umm ... an _interesting_ notion. A
little weird, maybe.
All this is about is book-keeping. Installing a Slackware package as
Slackware package means that there is absolutely no record of what you
have done; if, for example, it overwrites an important file, it will be
*very* hard to find out.
Installing it via a detour of making it into a Debian package means that
you now have a chance to find out what happened, and you have a chance to
As I recall, that was the original motivation for this thread.
And quite obviously, if you convert a package on your own, then you're
still on your own with the results - hardly surprising.