Fixing "breaking packages"
dons00 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 1 22:03:39 CET 2013
Debian has a large team curating the packages.
On Mar 1, 2013 6:56 PM, "Ian Lynagh" <ian at well-typed.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 01, 2013 at 10:33:39AM -0800, Johan Tibell wrote:
> > It's the only model I believe scales to e.g. executables that depend on
> > thousands of packages
> Debian has approximately 30,000 packages (although admittedly I don't
> know how many are libraries), and only needs a single version of each
> Having a single version of each package (with Hackage using a system
> similar to Debian's releases and 'testing' to define the sets of package
> versions) would make life a lot easier:
> Library maintainers don't need to worry so much about keeping packages
> working with old versions of their dependencies.
> Authors know that they can use any 2 packages together, and not have to
> worry about one of those packages depending on foo 1.* and the other
> depending on foo 2.*.
> The intractible problem of testing all combinations of versions of
> dependencies, to ensure that packages really do build in all the
> circumstances that they claim they do, disappears.
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