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Re: CVS commit: pkgsrc/cad/simian-docs

On Sun, May 20, 2012 at 11:39:59AM +0200, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
 > > The user complaints about "broken" packages are getting directed to
 > > us, not pkgsrc, and that's also a problem that I just resolved
 > > without affected any other platform.
 > I know that there are singular voices objecting the removal. I also
 > don't agree with them and it is obvious that any further discussion
 > about that is unlikely to resolve the issue. As such, it is the
 > responsiblity of the pkgsrc-pmc to resolve it.

I don't see that there's a big deal here. What we need is a tag for
these packages (e.g. "DISTFILE_AVAILABLE=no"), and a bit of logic
associated with the fetch target. End of problem.

 > Your change doesn't fix
 > the problem (missing distfile) nor is the package broken, if the
 > distfile is around (e.g. for the various Intel firmware packages some
 > people do have them). I object to this change because it creates
 > pointless platform variations for no good reason.

This part I agree with, however.

 > To bring this issue forward, I put the following suggestion up for
 > decision making:
 >     Packages are to be removed from pkgsrc, when the distfiles are not
 >     distributable and cannot be obtained for a period of one full quarter
 >     branch. Packages with manual / interactive fetch must have a
 >     maintainer and it is his/her responsibility to ensure this.
 > pkgsrc-pmc is in CC.

I don't see that this is helpful.

David A. Holland

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