[Pkg-nagios-devel] hosts.cfg is data not config

Brian C DeRocher brian.derocher@mitretek.org
Thu, 9 Dec 2004 17:47:25 -0500

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On Thursday 2004 December 09 14:42, sean finney wrote:
> i would respectfully forward you to the
> upstream developer on that one.

No problem.

On a philosophical note, i've thought about this a bit.  I get my=20
software directly from Debian.  And Debian gets it from upstream,=20
say Mozilla.  Now as an experienced Debian user, i know which bugs
are application bug and which ones are packaging bugs.  But does the
beginner or novice know this?  Should they know this?  I don't
think so.  Keeping it simple for the software user would be having
a central location where they can provide feedback on software.
And it makes sense that this is the place where the they got the

Unfortunately this line of thinking implies more work for packagers,=20
namely reading more submissions, evaluating them, and passing some or=20
most of them upstream.  In this light, Debian becomes a virtual user
of the upstream software.  Debian forwards bugs on behalf of the
user to upstream.

I'm curious to know if this sort of forwarding communication is built=20
into the Debian structure.  I guess not since software providers have=20
various bug reporting interfaces.  It would be cool if there Debian
could forward bugs to any Bugzilla repository.

If you care to comment, i put this article on my blog.

Brian C. DeRocher @ Mitretek Systems
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