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Re: Too many Recommends (in particular on mail-transport-agent)




Jeremy Bicha writes ("Re: Too many Recommends (in particular on mail-transport-agent)"):
> I think you're looking at this from the opposite perspective that I
> am. If you intent to ask the TC to override a Debian maintainer, I
> think your arguments need to be much more detailed and documented on
> the bug why you believe it to be that critical of an issue.

Recommends bloat as a whole is a serious problem for the whole
project.  This is true even though the problem caused by each
individual instance is small.

Our second-line institutional structures (after individual
maintainers) for dealing with _classes_ of problem are policy (which
is already very clear IMO on this, but is often not followed);
automation (lintian, buildds, rebuild tests, etc); and peer review
(d-devel); and ftpmaster review (not applicable to existing packages
and I don't think they focus on this).

Unfortunately Recommends abuse is too subjective to be readily
amenable to the latter.  (Although perhaps a better information system
showing the causes of bloat might help.)  Peer review seems often to
fail on this point; and that is because the way to approach the
abstract rules seems to be disputed.

That means we need to go to our third-line response.  I think that's
the TC.  Getting the TC to add its voice to the abstract imprecations
is not helpful.  On the other hand I a good worked example or two
would help educate maintainers, and strengthen the power of peer
review.

Ian.

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