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Re: Why is Debian lagging so much behind Slackware?

Alan Shutko <ats@acm.org> writes:

> "Keith G. Murphy" <keithmur@mindspring.com> writes:
> > No, I honestly don't think it's that at all.  The problem is, once you
> > let the package maintainers update stable on the fly with bug fixes, how
> > do you ensure they don't break something major (which may not even be
> > the package itself in isolation, but interaction with others)?
> OTOH, it would seem to be feasible to update and test packages which
> are leafs on the dependency tree.  How would they affect packages
> which don't depend on them?  
> For example, it would seem reasonable to upgrade Gnus, nethack or sl,
> which don't seem to have any other packages depending on them.[1] It
> might be feasible to upgrade Emacs, since you would have a limited
> number of packages to check.  It would be very difficult to upgrade
> libc.
> This would seem to allow the updating of many desktop-type apps (as
> long as they worked with the existing version of the libraries they
> depend on).
> Footnotes: 
> [1]  Is there a way to check that, I wonder?

deborphan would probably do that.  Or a modification of it.
I don't think you are able to install EVERYTHING in the distribution,
so you'll have to take that into account with the current version of
deborphan, I think...

my 2 yen.


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