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Re: multimedia/vlc{,2,21}

Tobias Nygren <> writes:

> On Sun, 15 Mar 2015 11:35:29 -0400
> Greg Troxel <> wrote:
>> My usual request: proposing deletion should explain when the
>> to-be-deleted packages were EOLed, or superceded, and why it's fair to
>> say to anyone still using them that they are delinquent for not updating
>> (that's a bit harsh, but captures the point).  So it would help if you
>> could write a deletion proposal that allows people who don't understand
>> vlc to judge the merits.   I have no idea when the last vlc1 release
>> was, and when the first vlc2 release was for which "this is stable -
>> everybody should upgrade".
> Not arguing with the above but equivalently there should be clear and
> documented motivation as to why multiple versions of a package were
> required in the first place. The exists very real maintenance overhead
> from pkgsrc-security@'s point of view. Valid reasons would be broken
> ABI, large changes to the UI, removed features, removed platform
> support. A dubious reason is "this is a major update and I'm not really
> sure it will work for everyone".

Agreed; we should only add extra versions when there's a good reason.

> Old versions that have an actual use case should at least be MAINTAINed
> by someone other than pkgsrc-users@ if upstream has dropped support.

I can see where you're coming from, but we don't have a general notion
of objecting to pkgsrc-users@ as maintainer, and I don't see the benefit
in singling out this case.

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