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Re: dselect is a liar

On Wed, Aug 01, 2001 at 11:08:18AM -0400, Peter S Galbraith wrote:
> Colin Watson wrote:
> > So lyx is indeed out of date on powerpc, probably because it's in the
> > contrib section and the autobuilders don't always keep religiously up to
> > date with that.
> As a maintainer of several contrib packages that depend on XForms, I can
> say that autobuilders _don't_ process contrib at all.  I've had to ask
> admins to temporarily install libforms-dev so that I could build the
> packages on non-i386 arches; some of them don't want to.  I've had to file
> many bugs against ftp.debian.org to get old versions of non-i386 binary
> packages deleted from the archive to let packages migrate to testing.  It a
> big pain.  Maintaining a contrib package is more work than maintaining a
> non-free one!  I don't recommend it.
> Hopefully, this will end soon.  XForms is _supposed_ to become free very
> soon.  Then lyx will be in main too, and powerpc will be uptodate.

Thank God. I have one XForms-dependent package too (not an important one
by any stretch of the imagination, though), and had to do the same thing
for various architectures. I was actually thinking about orphaning it in
favour of somebody who had time to convert it to FLTK.

Do you think it'll be free before optional packages freeze for woody?

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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