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Control: block 970717 by -1

Dear Technical Committee,

Apologies that we were not able to resolve the problem without your help.

I seek your judgement regarding excessive, unnecessary and unjustifiable
vendoring of private libraries in Kubernetes package:

Some relevant argumentation can be found in

In short, myself and Golang packaging team spent years on stabilising
Golang ecosystem of packaged libraries for re-use by Golang software.

To the best of my knowledge, all packaged Golang software, regardless of its 
sophistication, use some packages libraries.
Except Kubernetes, that disconnected itself from cooperation by not using any 
packaged libraries, instead exclusively using only private libraries in 
numbers greater than any Debian package ever used.

As a former Kubernetes maintainer and a developer who originally introduced
Kubernetes to Debian, I know that it could be maintained with only few (or 
several) private libraries at most.

Current state of Kubernetes package is in violation of ftp-master's policy 
for inclusion of new packages to Debian.

Thank you.

This matter is not urgent.

 Dmitry Smirnov


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The Committee declines to overrule the maintainer and accepts the level
of vendoring used in the 'kubernetes' source package.  We also decline
to intervene in bugs requesting that vendored components in the
'kubernetes' source package be installed in binary packages in such a
way that other packages can make use of them.

Our consensus is that Kubernetes ought to be considered special in the
same way that Firefox is considered special -- we treat the package
differently from most other source packages because (i) it is very large
and complex, and (ii) upstream has significantly more resources to keep
all those moving parts up-to-date than Debian does.

In the case of Kubernetes, what this means is that instead of breaking
the package down into separate libraries connected together with dpkg
dependency relationships, as is usual, we take updates of the whole set
of sources directly from upstream and make a single upload to our

Our most basic reason for this point of view is that given how much
fewer resources we have than upstream Kubernetes, it is not feasible for
Kubernetes to make it into a stable release of Debian unless we take an
approach like this one.  The same goes for the possibility of providing
security support.  And given that a strategy for security support is
available, we do not see any reason why having the Kubernetes bundle in
a stable release alongside other copies of its vendored dependencies is
worse than not having Kubernetes in a stable release at all.

It should be noted that we think the greater resources of upstream is
relevant not only to keeping on top of patches and security fixes, but
also to license compliance.  It is our belief that there is no reason at
the present time to be concerned that non-DFSG material would find its
way into the package, because Kubernetes upstream care about ensuring
that all vendored dependencies are free software, and they have the
resources to check.  This could change in the future and it may not be
true for other upstreams.

Sean Whitton

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