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Re: Wheezy: how to disable SSH gnome-keyring by editing desktop configuration file

Camaleón wrote:
> Bob Proulx wrote:
> > I disagree.  If the package isn't useful then removing it is very likely
> > the easiest solution.  Why frustrate yourself trying to work around the
> > problem when removing the problem is a good solution too.
> IMO, removing should be the last resort, the last thing to do.

No it is not.  That is one of the strengths of Debian.  You are free
to create a installation based upon what you want to have installed.
I know that with some other distributions you are expected to have a
set bundle of packages installed and any deviation from that bundle
isn't tolerated very well.  But that isn't Debian.  In Debian it is
perfectly fine to install what you need and to not install what you do
not need or do not want.  Really!

> Maybe if the package is completely broken or if by-passes do not work as 
> expected, then it's okay to get rid off it (even in such cases I prefer 
> to first open a bug report at tell that something supposed to work it 
> fails). I like to understand how stuff works. 

Of course understanding how things work is great.  And filing bug
reports as appropriate improves things for everyone.  But when
software is mostly a packaging of an upstream and the upstream isn't
very responsive or has their own vision and agenda then sometimes it
just isn't productive.  You have heard the old RAH quote, "Never try
to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."
Unfortunately sometimes that is true of software projects too.

> Anyway, "gnome-keyring" is part of the GNOME security stack and password 
> management and I find it very convenient for this task, but that's of 
> course up to each user.

If it is good for you then that is great!  I found that was completely
broken for my use and I had to work around it in order to make things
work for me.  My workaround was much less pleasant than removing the
broken package.  But I expect that either one or both of gnome-keyring
or libpam-gnome-keyring will be removed from my systems until the
offending behavior is corrected.  And that is perfectly okay from a
Debian viewpoint.


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