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Re: Packages with non-distributable distfiles

On 5/20/2012 18:00, Edgar Fuß wrote:
The issue is the combination of non-redistributable and missing from
Well, then call it DISTFILE_UNAVAILABLE or whatever.

Note: the package is only useful for users who *already* have the distfile
Yes, exactly.

My impression was that most of the people would like those packages go away 
(they're of no use to them, they break bulk builds, they get asked why the 
distfile isn't available) while a few people would like it to stay because they 
do have the distfile.
So why don't keep the package and mark it as "this is only useful to you if you 
somehow do have the distfile"?

Or just make a stand and tell those lucky few with the distfile to keep their own copy of the package makefiles along with the distfile (and those are always retrievable through CVS). I don't understand this need to cater to the minority. This packrat/hoarding approach is messy - prune these essentially dead packages already.


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