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has caused the Debian Bug report #524461,
regarding bless /var/games
to be marked as done.

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package: debian-policy

sorry for post to the wrong address... 

On Donnerstag, 9. April 2009, Holger Levsen wrote:
> On Montag, 6. April 2009, Russ Allbery wrote:
> > I don't see much real benefit in going out of our way to remove
> > /var/games and it looks like it would be a bit annoying (at the least,
> > require adding purge code to all games that put files in /var/games that
> > would usually never be triggered).  My inclination would be to say that
> > this behavior is fine and perhaps we should officially bless it
> > somewhere.
> I've come to agree with this. :-) Now, where to bless it?

"9.1.1 File system Structure" has a list of exceptions from the FHS, so it 
seems it should go there.

        Holger, who will now make piuparts not complain about /var/games 
after package removal..

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control: user
control: usertag -1 +obsolete
control: tag -1 +wontfix

Russ Allbery and I did a round of in-person bug triage at DebConf17 and
we are closing this bug as inactive.

The reasons for closing fall into the following categories, from most
frequent to least frequent:

- issue is appropriate for Policy, there is a consensus on how to fix
  the problem, but preparing the patch is very time-consuming and no-one
  has volunteered to do it, and we do not judge the issue to be
  important enough to keep an open bug around;

- issue is appropriate for Policy but there does not yet exist a
  consensus on what should change, and no recent discussion.  A fresh
  discussion might allow us to reach consensus, and the messages in the
  old bug are unlikely to help very much; or

- issue is not appropriate for Policy.

If you feel this bug is still relevant and want to restart the
discussion, you can re-open the bug.  However, please consider instead
opening a new bug with a message that summarises and condenses the
previous discussion, updates the report for the current state of Debian,
and makes clear exactly what you think should change.

A lot of these old bugs have long side tangents and numerous messages,
and that old discussion is not necessarily helpful for figuring out what
Debian Policy should say today.

Sean Whitton

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