Your message dated Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:44:51 -0700 with message-id <87o9rlx51o....@iris.silentflame.com> and subject line Closing inactive Policy bugs has caused the Debian Bug report #681562, regarding debian-policy: Consolidate the definition of the "base system". to be marked as done.
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--- Begin Message ---Package: debian-policy Severity: wishlist Dear all, the "base system" is defined in section 3.7 (chapter 3 describes binary packages). It consists of packages of priorities "required" and "important", and these priorities are defined in section 2.5 (chapter 2 describes the Debian archive). The Policy contains the following additional statements about the base system. The system-wide mail directory is <file>/var/mail</file>. This directory is part of the base system and should not be owned by any particular mail agents. The Debian base system provides the <prgn>tempfile</prgn> and <prgn>mktemp</prgn> utilities for use by scripts for this purpose. If a package needs any special device files that are not included in the base system, it must call <prgn>MAKEDEV</prgn> in the <prgn>postinst</prgn> script, after notifying the user. <footnote> The Debian base system already provides an editor and a pager program. </footnote> The mail spool is part of the base system and not part of the MTA package. I filed this bug as a reminder to try to consolidate the definition of the "base system" in Policy version 4. Cheers, -- Charles Plessy Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan
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--- Begin Message ---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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