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Bug#886238: Build-Profiles purpose, mechanism vs policy (was Re: Bug#886238: Please introduce official nosystemd build profile)

On Tue, Jan 09, 2018 at 01:23:32PM +0100, Guillem Jover wrote:
> Given the background of build-profiles, I'm very much in favor of
> introducing the equivalent usage as Gentoo USE flags, which was its
> main intention! :) It could make Debian a viable source-based
> distribution to use or base on, could make many of the embedded specific
> distribution solutions obsolete,

Who would then implement, maintain and support this in all packages?

Implementing that global flags like
  USE="-systemd -alsa -pulseaudio -wayland"
work across all 30k source packages would be a huge amount of work.

And then supporting that any combination of disabling/enabling various 
flags builds and works for all packages at the quality level people 
expect from a Debian stable - that's completely out of scope of what 
Debian could achieve with its already stretched developer resources.

> Thanks,
> Guillem



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