Why is vim-gtk in universe?

Micah Cowan micahcowan at ubuntu.com
Fri Jun 15 18:41:30 UTC 2007

The question I'd like to ask, is: why is vim-gtk in universe, whereas
the other vims (which come from the very same source package) are in main?

Part of the motivation for this question is bug 110152 in Malone:

In that bug, users report upgrade failures (to new Ubuntu releases) for
vim-gtk, because they have main, but not universe, listed in their
security-updates, whereas their normal repository has universe.
Obviously, this is a more general problem, since there are plenty of
other packages besides vim-gtk that are (and should be) in universe, but
depend on things in main (of course!). So, assuming their sources.list
wasn't automatically generated by "Software Sources", this was a user
error issue.

However, the bug did lead me to question why vim-gtk is in universe. Are
there examples of other source packages that produce both core-dev and
community-supported packages? It seems strange to me, as I would have
expected the terms "core-developer" and "community-supported" to apply
to the actual source packages that developers work on, rather than their
products. What would it even mean, for a source package to include both?
It's not as if MOTUs can upload core-dev source packages...

Micah J. Cowan
Programmer, musician, typesetting enthusiast, gamer...

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