On Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:33:35 +0200, Chris Lamb wrote:

> > PS1: I can't say that I'm 100% convinced by this policy change.
> This may not be the appropriate venue for a protracted discussion as
> it's liable to get hidden but can you briefly outline why?

My experience with perl packages shows that:
- internet access doesn't happen during the build itself but in the
  test suite;
- usually in modules whose purpose is to do something net-related;
- by disabling them, even if they fail gracefully, in order to follow
  policy, we effectively castrate the tests, which doesn't seem right
  from a QA POV.

In those cases the argument "builds differently/produces a different
binary package/doesn't build reproducibly" with vs. without internet
doesn't hold; still, the privacy/phoning-home aspect is true here as
well, so I'm ambivalent.

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