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Re: Proposed package removals after 2016Q4
On Tue, 20 Dec 2016, J. Lewis Muir wrote:
I'm not a big fan of demoting a package to wip; I think it goes against
the spirit of pkgsrc-wip. Since WIP stands for "work in progress", to
me that implies packages in pkgsrc-wip are being worked on toward a
state where they can be moved to pkgsrc.
Well, it works (deprecating to pkgsrc-wip) but you make a really good
point. It's not exactly what WIP was intended for and it's a bit confusing
(ie.. packages go to WIP to be born AND to die).
I think demoting a pkgsrc package would be better served in another way
such as demoting to another pkgsrc related repo called pkgsrc-attic (or
pkgsrc-retired, pkgsrc-legacy, pkgsrc-unsupported, or whatever).
As a pkgsrc user, I think this is a pretty good idea. It gives me a place
to go look when I suspect something is recently deprecated. It also serves
as a decent warning to folks so they can either lobby for keeping the
package or transition to another package before it's fully cut from
This is just an observation, but without a mechanism like that, there will
always be a lot of fretting & checking every time someone wants to remove
something. If you have a "staged deprecation" procedure, you can avoid
accidentally deprecating something that someone really wants & uses
because it'd still be there and they'd have time to squawk before the next
quarter or two when it'd get dropped.
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