Your message dated Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:44:51 -0700
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and subject line Closing inactive Policy bugs
has caused the Debian Bug report #686143,
regarding debian-policy: FHS requirements on "essential" binaries cannot be 
well defined at distro level
to be marked as done.

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Package: debian-policy
Version: 3.9.1.0
Severity: normal
Tags: patch

Proposed additional bullet point to 9.1.1 regarding Debian exceptions to
FHS:

* The FHS language of "essential" vs. "non-essential" binaries and
libraries is
local system dependent, and cannot be well defined at the distribution
level in
a way which would be correct for all Debian installation configurations.
Disagreements about whether a file belongs in root (/bin, /sbin, /lib)
versus
/usr will be resolved by consensus. Ultimately it is the responsibility
of the
maintainer of each Debian installation to ensure that the libraries and
binaries
that are essential for their system are available from the root partition.


P.S. Should a library or binary file qualify for FHS "essential"
placement only if
its Debian package is marked "Essential"?


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0.5
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (700, 'stable'), (500, 'stable-updates')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-0.bpo.3-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

debian-policy depends on no packages.

debian-policy recommends no packages.

Versions of packages debian-policy suggests:
pn  doc-base                      <none>     (no description available)

-- no debconf information

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control: user debian-pol...@packages.debian.org
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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