Core-Dev Application: Till Kamppeter

Soren Hansen soren at
Wed Apr 2 12:45:00 BST 2008

On Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 01:12:41PM +0200, Stefan Potyra wrote:
>> Brother's packages install into /usr/local, with paths hardcoded into
>> binary-only executables. These had to be patched so that the Ubuntu
>> packages install into /usr.
> What is wrong for Brother to install to /usr/local?

Seriously? The fact that Debian Policy 9.1.2 (which in turn cites the
FHS) forbids it seems like a pretty good reason to me.

>> Brother's original packages are i386-only, I brought in the idea to
>> generate binary packages for both i386 and amd64, the amd64 version
>> with dependency on ia32-libs.
> Why is the dependency on ia32-libs needed?

If the binaries are i386-only, you often need ia32-libs to fulfill
runtime library dependencies.

>> We were shortly before feature freeze. We got in the first
>> installable packages really one day before. And as I wanted to
>> acknowledge the great work of these two volunteers (it is REALLY
>> difficult to get volunteers working on printing stuff) I simply have
>> taken in these packages and thought we will get them polished and
>> correctly working in the bug fixing period after the freeze.
> >
>> If there had not been a freeze, I had done the polishing and bug
>> fixing work with them on their Launchpad PPAs (from where the users
>> can also access the packages for testing) and passed them to
>> multiverse only now, where the packages install cleanly and users
>> report that their Brother printers actually set up via Plug'n'Print
>> and reproduce the user's documents on paper, like HP printers do.
> Ok, so by this logic, I assume you will again upload broken packages,
> if a freeze is imminent?

We advertise Feature Freeze as a rather hard deadline for getting new
packages into the archive. People rushing to upload stuff moments before
FF kicks in is not an uncommon phenomenon. There's a reason we don't
release right after feature freeze :)  I happen to know that it's
usually not particularly difficult to get an FF exception approved
shortly after FF, but for someone who's never done that, it might appear

Soren Hansen               | 
Virtualisation specialist  | Ubuntu Server Team
Canonical Ltd.             |
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