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

>>>>> "Adrian" == Adrian Bunk <bunk@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

    Adrian> 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, ...

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

No one.  People would implement and test the feature where it was
sufficiently useful to implement and test.  I don't think all of the use
flags combinations are tested in source distributions that have them

Even so, users find those flags useful enough to spend a fair bit of
work on them.

A build profile seems like a great way to express the flag, and like
many things in Debian, the work would fall on those who would benefit
from it.

So, I do support the use of build profiles for use flags.
I also believe there's sufficient utility for downstreams and users to
justify this.