Your message dated Tue, 13 Jun 2023 20:01:52 +0100
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and subject line Re: Bug#1035904: dpkg currently warning about merged-usr 
systems (revisited)
has caused the Debian Bug report #1035904,
regarding dpkg currently warning about merged-usr systems (revisited) (was: Re: 
DEP 17: Improve support for directory aliasing in dpkg)
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Package: tech-ctte
X-Debbugs-Cc: Russ Allbery <>, Sean Whitton 
<>, Helmut Grohne <>, Luca Boccassi 

On Wed, 2023-05-10 at 14:36 -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Ansgar <> writes:
> > Debian going out of its way to tell derivative users to switch back from
> > merged-/usr to split-/usr is the *opposite* of trying to make things as
> > smooth for them as possible.
> Yes, I agree with that part and I think I objected to that at the time.
> Nonetheless, one bad decision doesn't mean that it is Debian policy that
> we don't care about derivatives or their users.  I think we made a mistake
> there which is not in alignment with our ideals or our goals.  We should
> try to reverse that mistake, not double down on it.

Cool, then let's ask tech-ctte.

Dear ctte, please consider overruling the dpkg maintainer to include
the patch from #994388[1].



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Hi Ansgar,

After discussing this at our monthly meeting, we concluded that the 
technical committee isn't going to take action on this at the moment. 
There's a legitimate technical consideration behind the warning, and 
it's necessary for derivatives to ensure that they handle the associated 
scenarios properly. While those underlying technical issues exist, we 
think it's premature for the committee to intervene on this specific 


Matthew Garrett, on behalf of the Debian technical committee

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