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Re: one of the many reasons why removing non-free is a dumb idea

On Fri, Jan 09, 2004 at 11:20:32AM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 09, 2004 at 03:52:15PM +0100, Michael Banck wrote:
> > I wonder whether it would be possible/helpful if reportbug would get
> > modified so as to ask the user "You seemingly want to submit a bug for a
> > non-free package to the Debian BTS. Debian does not distribute non-free
> > anymore. Do you want to submit it to submit@bugs.nonfree.org
> > instead [Y/n]?"
> > 
> > Additionally, one should be able to tell reportbug to just use the
> > alternative location.
> Some time in the last millenium, there was general tentative agreement
> that there should be a package header which is an email address for
> reporting of bugs, and that bugs@debian.org could be the default.
> I seem to recall that that died because of a mix about concerns with
> backwards compatability with dpkg (which could have been worked around
> by abusing some Description: in some fashion), and concern about the
> long term stability of email addresses (but few thought it a good idea
> to have debian host some kind of updatable list of bug contact addresses).

This seems to be partly implemented by the control file mentioned in
this sub-thread. My proposal is only an interim solution until we have
implemented it fully, in order to ease the transition to nonfree.org.


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