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Re: Package Maintainers Flags policy

On 05/19/2009 05:44 PM, Denis Leroy wrote:
> That's a pretty vague sentence. Do we have something more specific to
> work with, to justify this whole fiasco ? Have people complained ? Were
> threats made ? Bugzilla tickets filed ? Did the PRC threaten to add
> fedoraproject.org to the big firewall if we don't stop shipping FreeCIV
> immediately (a CeasePackage-and-desist letter :-) ) ?

People complained. I was asked to write a policy draft to handle flags.
Well, to be specific, I was asked to document the unwritten "no flags"
policy that we'd had from the Red Hat Linux days, but after giving it
thought and consulting with Red Hat Legal, I came up with the current
policy which:

* permits flags in optional subpackages
* permits flags when their use is not technically or substantively
essential to the package
* gives an explicit exception to flags when they are generic (fictional
countries count as generic)
* has an exception clause where a packager can plead their case to FESCo

This is substantially divergent from "No Flags".


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