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Re: Auto-update for sid? Auto-backport?




Paul Gevers writes ("Re: Auto-update for sid? Auto-backport?"):
> On 17-11-17 20:35, Sean Whitton wrote:
> > Why are such a people a disgrace?  So long as they do not refuse the
> > requests of people with more time on their hands to adopt the package,
> > aren't they just doing what they can, which is strictly better than the
> > package receiving no work at all?
> 
> Not if this is the intended way of maintaining the package the moment
> the ITP is filed. Than Debian is most often better off without the
> package IMHO.

As someone who seems to constantly be looking for software to do
things that everyone else evidently seems to think obscure, I don't
agree.

I would much rather have a minimally maintained package, from Debian,
in my stable release, than have to roll my own.  This is particularly
true if I don't know yet whether the thing is what I want.  Trying
something out from "apt-get" in stretch is a lot less work and a lot
less risky than git cloning some random url and then blundering about
trying to get the thing going.

I prefer this so much that in some cases I have considered packaging
the thing myself and becoming one of these "disgrace" maintainers that
Adrian is complaining about.

If I find some undermaintained package in Debian, it nearly always
works well enough to solve my problem.  And if it doesn't I have a
uniform way to find the source, somewhere to send my packaging bug
report, and the opportunity to NMU it if I discover something
sufficiently bad.

Ian.

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