Bitten by the Red Hat Perl bug (InfoWorld)
Posted Aug 29, 2008 17:54 UTC (Fri) by vmole
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Could you elaborate on the policy-ignoring disasters portion?
Just a a random sample:
- Missing and incorrect dependencies
- Using non-standard uids and gids
- Undocumented Conflicts
- Installation into non-standard directories, like /usr/local or /opt
- Hacking on other packages config files
Which isn't to say that "official" Debian packages are always perfect, but they get fixed or dropped.
My point is that not that upstreams are stupid or evil, they're not. They're just busy, and proper packaging for a distribution is more than just "the package installs on my system okay."
Everybody (mostly) agrees that it's better to get your driver into the main kernel tree rather than keep it separate. Likewise, better to get your package into the main distribution archives.
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